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November 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • High Court rejects appeal against former president's detention CNA 26 Nov 2008 -- The Taiwan High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal against the detention of former President Chen Shui-bian filed by his lawyer, on grounds that the appeal was not signed by Chen and therefore did meet legal requirements
  • Detained former president still on hunger strike CNA 25 Nov 2008 -- Detained former President Chen Shui-bian continued his hunger strike Tuesday -- six days after he was sent back to his cell following three days of hospital care to treat his irregular heart beat and other symptoms caused by his refusal to take food for five days
  • Cross-strait policy evenly paced: mainland affairs chief CNA 18 Nov 2008 -- Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Shin- yuan said Tuesday that the government's current cross-Taiwan Strait policy is neither too fast nor too slow and will look at the risk management factors involved in the developments between Taiwan and China
  • China's new missile deployment being monitored: defense minister CNA 17 Nov 2008 -- Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min said Monday that whatever new types of missiles or weaponry China is deploying along its coastlines opposite Taiwan, they are all a military threat to the island
  • Checkpoints on shipping to ensure Taiwan's defense: Minister CNA 17 Nov 2008 -- Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min said Monday that his ministry will set up checkpoints to ensure that direct shipping links with China do not endanger Taiwan's defense network
  • Former president taken to detention center CNA 12 Nov 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian was taken directly to a detention center Wednesday after the Taipei District Court consented to a request by prosecutors earlier that day that he be held incommunicado
  • U.S. happy to see cross-strait warming, dialogue: AIT CNA 12 Nov 2008 -- American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Stephen Young said in a press conference Wednesday that the United States is happy to see the warming of cross-Taiwan Strait ties and to see Chinese officials visiting Taiwan
  • Former president detained CNA 12 Nov 2008 -- The Taipei District Court granted a request by prosecutors Wednesday to detain former President Chen Shui-bian on charges of corruption, document concealment and money laundering
  • Taiwan Court Orders Detention of Ex-President VOA 12 Nov 2008 -- A judge in Taiwan has ordered Chen Shui-bian jailed while money-laundering charges against him are investigated. The former president, who says he is the victim of political persecution, denies any wrongdoing.
  • Former president summoned for questioning on corruption charges CNA 11 Nov 2008 -- Former president Chen Shui-bian was summoned for questioning by prosecutors Tuesday over his alleged misuse of his discretionary "state affairs fund" and a money-laundering case involving the former first family
  • Former Taiwan President Detained in Graft Case VOA 11 Nov 2008 -- Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian was taken into custody after six hours of questioning.
  • MAC denies China disallowing high-level visits to Taiwan CNA 09 Nov 2008 -- The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) denied Sunday that Beijing has canceled all high-level visits to Taiwan in light of the violent protests that were staged last week against a visit by China's top cross-Taiwan Strait negotiator
  • Defense minister to chair flight safety review meeting CNA 09 Nov 2008 -- Defense Minister Chen Chao-min will chair a flight safety review meeting Monday in an effort to streamline security management and supervision in the wake of a spate flight mishaps involving military planes in recent months
  • Taipei hopes better ties with China would ease diplomatic squeeze CNA 08 Nov 2008 -- It remains to be seen whether Taiwan's developing friendship with China would lead to any let up by Beijing of its diplomatic squeeze on the island, Foreign Minister Francisco H
  • MOFA welcomes EU’s support on cross-strait agreements CNA 05 Nov 2008 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday it welcomes the European Union’s support for the agreements signed between Taiwan and China during a top Chinese negotiator's visit
  • President meets briefly with China's top negotiator CNA 06 Nov 2008 -- A high-profile meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and China's top negotiator with Taiwan ended in seven minutes with the two parties exchanging gifts Thursday
  • Taiwan President Meets With Senior Mainland Official VOA 06 Nov 2008 -- Despite rowdy protest on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has met with the Chinese envoy who signed historic cross-strait transportation deals earlier this week.
  • U.S. welcomes signing of cross-strait pacts CNA 05 Nov 2008 -- The United States government welcomed Tuesday the signing of four agreements between Taiwan and China that will strengthen transportation and postal links and address food safety issues
  • EU welcomes signing of cross-strait pacts CNA 05 Nov 2008 -- The European Union expressed its support Tuesday for the latest agreements established between Taiwan and China, which it said represent "a significant positive step towards finding pragmatic solutions that benefit people on both sides of the (Taiwan) Straits
  • Chinese negotiator calls pacts with Taiwan his lifetime pursuits CNA 04 Nov 2008 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan Chen Yunlin called the four pacts he inked with his Taiwan counterpart Chiang Pin-kung Tuesday his supreme lifetime pursuits
  • Taiwan, China sign four pacts on direct transport, postal links CNA 04 Nov 2008 -- Top negotiators of Taiwan and China sealed four agreements Tuesday in Taipei at the conclusion of their second round of talks since cross-strait dialogue was resumed five months ago
  • Taiwan, China Seek Closer Economic Ties VOA 04 Nov 2008 -- China and Taiwan have signed landmark deals that will dramatically increase transportation links between the two.

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