October 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- President reaffirms commitment to upholding national sovereignty CNA 30 Oct 2008 -- President Ma reaffirmed commitment to sovereignty, in effort to clarify allegation his administration is tilting toward Beijing.
- Gov't makes no concessions on diplomatic, defense fronts: president CNA 24 Oct 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou: Administration has not done anything harmful to the country's sovereignty and dignity.
- Black box of ill-fated IDF fighter recovered CNA 23 Oct 2008 -- The flight recorder of an Air Force indigenous defense fighter that crashed during a training mission recovered from waters near an uninhabited islet.
- President has not changed position on China missile threat: official CNA 23 Oct 2008 -- President Ma has never given up demand for China to remove its missiles targeting Taiwan.
- 22 Navy officers disciplined over grounding of missile boat CNA 22 Oct 2008 -- 22 naval officers, including the commander of the ROC Navy, have been disciplined over grounding of Kuang Hua No. 6 Missile boat.
- Taiwan will not dispense with defense force: premier CNA 21 Oct 2008 -- Even if Taiwan signs peace pact with China the country should still maintain strong defense force.
- DPP lawmakers challenge president on "no war" statement CNA 21 Oct 2008 -- Opposition Democratic Progressive Party expressed concern over President Ma's assurance of "no war across the Taiwan Strait."
- No war in Taiwan Strait in next four years: president CNA 21 Oct 2008 -- President Ma reassured nation of strong commitment to preserving peace across the Taiwan Strait during his term.
- Ill-fated IDF fighter may have stalled before crash: Air Force officer CNA 21 Oct 2008 -- Air Force Official: Judging by the debris it left behind, an indigenous defense fighter may have stalled before crashing into sea.
- Anti-submarine helicopter crashes in eastern Taiwan CNA 21 Oct 2008 -- An anti-submarine helicopter carrying 5 officers crashed in waters off Hualien County in eastern Taiwan.
- IDF jet fighters to undergo special inspection CNA 20 Oct 2008 -- Locally developed Ching-kuo indigenous defense fighters will undergo inspections after one of them apparently crashed on a training mission.
- Taiwan jet fighter disappears CNA 20 Oct 2008 -- Debris from an Air Force jet fighter that apparently crashed on a training mission over the island county of Penghu has been collected.
- Arms sales sign of renewed trust between Taiwan, U.S.: scholar CNA 12 Oct 2008 -- Washington's approval of sale weapons to Taiwan a symbol of initial efforts to rebuild trust between Taiwan and the United States.
- Arms sales symbolize improved Taiwan-U.S. mutual trust: president CNA 11 Oct 2008 -- President Ma: Move by the US to sell weapons to Taiwan symbolizes an initial improvement in trust between the two countries.
- Arms sales in accordance with Taiwan Relations Act CNA 8 Oct 2008 -- In an attempt to defuse China's anger over weapons to Taiwan, the US insisted that the sale was in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.
- U.S. continues to evaluate Taiwan's other weapon requests: official CNA 7 Oct 2008 -- The US is "faithfully implementing" the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and will continue to evaluate other arms sales to Taiwan.
- President calls for Taiwan-U.S. extradition treaty CNA 7 Oct 2008 -- President Ma: Call for an extradition treaty between Taiwan and the United States so that Taiwan criminals could be brought back to face justice.
- China Cancels, Postpones Military Contacts with US Over Taiwan Arms Sale Approval VOA 6 Oct 2008 -- China canceled and postponed some military exchanges to protest the approval of new weapons sales to Taiwan.
- Arms sales demonstration of U.S. commitment to Taiwan: AIT CNA 6 Oct 2008 -- The American Institute in Taiwan expressed support of President Ma's handling of relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- DPP expresses concern about omissions in U.S. arms sales package CNA 4 Oct 2008 -- Opposition Democratic Progressive Party: Concern about the smaller-than-expected US arms sales package.
- Arms sale approval marks rebuilding of Taiwan-U.S. ties: speaker CNA 4 Oct 2008 -- Legislative Speaker Wang: US approval of the sale of 6 major weapons packages to Taiwan is a "sign of a rebuilding of relations."
- Pentagon notifies Congress of arms package sale to Taiwan CNA 3 Oct 2008 -- The US Department of Defense officially notified Congress of 6 possible weapons sales to Taiwan worth a total of US$6.46 billion.
- US Announces $6.5 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan VOA 4 Oct 2008
- Taiwan arms sales still under consideration: U.S. official CNA 1 Oct 2008 -- A U.S. State Department official repeated that pending weapons sales to Taiwan are still being screened under an internal review process.
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