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December 2008 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Mutual trust first, then cross-strait peace agreement: MAC CNA 31 Dec 2008 -- Signing a peace agreement and building a mechanism for military exchanges with China should come after the two sides develop trust with each other, Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday in a statement
- DPP rejects China's call to give up pro-independence stance CNA 31 Dec 2008 -- The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday rejected Chinese President Hu Jintao's call for it to abandon its pro-Taiwan independence cause, dismissing the appeal as bucking the cardinal principle of democracy
- Former president admits to lie about secret diplomacy CNA 30 Dec 2008 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian has admitted that he lied to a prosecutor about a so-called secret diplomatic mission that he claimed was financed by the president's "state affairs fund
- Ex-president detained again CNA 30 Dec 2008 -- The Taipei District Court finally approved early Tuesday a request by prosecutors to place former President Chen Shui-bian back in detention
- MAC reaffirms equality in direct cross-strait shipping services CNA 28 Dec 2008 -- Taiwan-owned but foreign-registered ships are entitled to operate direct shipping services across the Taiwan Strait on an equal basis, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan said Sunday
- Ties with China do not jeopardize Taiwan's sovereignty: president CNA 28 Dec 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday that the closer economic ties with China have in no way jeopardized Taiwan's sovereignty or dignity and that the government's recent launch of daily direct cross-Taiwan Strait charter flights, and direct shipping and postal links with China, is beneficial to Taiwanese citizens and will raise Taiwan's competitiveness in the region
- China should dismantle missiles pointed at Taiwan: MAC committee CNA 26 Dec 2008 -- The Consultative Committee of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said recently that China should, as soon as possible, dismantle its missiles that are pointed at Taiwan and stop boycotting Taiwan's participation in international organizations
- Prosecutors appeal again on ex-president's release CNA 25 Dec 2008 -- Prosecutors launched a new bid Thursday to detain former President Chen Shui-bian ahead of his trial on a raft of corruption charges
- Cross-strait ties have entered era of peace and prosperity: SEF CNA 25 Dec 2008 -- After almost six decades of political standoff, relations between Taiwan and China have entered a stage of peace and prosperity, Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman, Chiang Pin-kung, said Thursday
- Prosecutors to appeal ex-president's release Thursday CNA 24 Dec 2008 -- Prosecutors are ready to again appeal the Taipei District Court's decision to release former President Chen Shui-bian on his own recognizance, Supreme Prosecutors Office (SPO) sources said Wednesday
- China Assures Economic Assistance to Taiwan VOA 20 Dec 2008 -- China says it is willing to provide economic assistance to Taiwan if the island needs it to get through the global financial downturn.
- Army helicopter crashes in southern mountains; 5 injured CNA 18 Dec 2008 -- An army CH-47SD helicopter crashed into a ditch in a mountainous training battleground near Cishan township in the southern county of Kaohsiung Thursday, injuring five officers aboard, a Defense Ministry statement confirmed later that day
- Live-fire Hankuang war games to take place every two years: MND CNA 18 Dec 2008 -- The live-fire Hankuang war games will now be held every two years instead of annually, Defense Minister Chen Chao-min said Thursday
- Direct cross-strait links aimed at boosting private sector: premier CNA 18 Dec 2008 -- The government's policy of establishing direct air, shipping and postal links between Taiwan and China is aimed at benefiting the local private sector, Premier Liu Chao-shuan said during an Executive Yuan meeting Thursday
- DPP urges former president to reflect on his morality issues CNA 17 Dec 2008 -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) expects indicted former President Chen Shui-bian to reflect on the morality issues pertaining to himself and his family, DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang said Wednesday
- District court ordered to reconsider ex-president's release CNA 17 Dec 2008 -- The Taiwan High Court ordered the Taipei District Court Wednesday to reconsider its earlier decision to release former President Chen Shui-bian without bail pending trial on corruption and money laundering charges
- Direct flights, shipping, postal links opened between Taiwan, China CNA 15 Dec 2008 -- After nearly six decades, Taiwan and China on Monday resumed daily direct passenger flights, direct cargo flights and direct shipping links, seen by many as a step toward ending decades of hostilities and cutting the cost of travel and trade between the two countries
- China, Taiwan Start Direct Air, Sea, Postal Links VOA 15 Dec 2008 -- China and Taiwan have begun direct air, sea and postal links. The move Monday marks a historical milestone in cross-strait relations, after the two sides split following a civil war nearly six decades ago.
- Demining project on Kinmen halted after protests CNA 10 Dec 2008 -- A project to clear landmines on the Taiwan-controlled outlying island of Kinmen was temporarily halted after local residents complained.
- Taiwan's security focus should be natural disasters: U.S. expert CNA 10 Dec 2008 -- US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security: Taiwan's critical infrastructure protection policies should focus on threat natural disasters pose to key facilities.
- ROC military to be fully volunteer force by 2014 CNA 05 Dec 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has started planning to push a fully professional voluntary military service system in a bid to build the country's military into "lean and mean" fighting force, Vice Defense Minister Chang Liang-jen said Friday
- Taiwan people remain wary of engaging China: VP CNA 03 Dec 2008 -- Vice President Vincent Siew said Wednesday Taiwan people remain wary of engaging China mainly because Taiwan's eased policy toward China has not yet yielded obvious interests and Beijing has not responded favorably to Taiwan's appeals for an end to military threat and diplomatic isolation
- President says China raised issue of peace accord a year ago CNA 03 Dec 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that China's President Hu Jintao raised the issue of signing a peace accord with Taiwan about one year ago, which Ma said was an indication that China wants peace as much as Taiwan
- President pledges to uphold Constitution in promoting ties with China CNA 03 Dec 2008 -- President Ma Ying-jeou pledged Wednesday to abide by the Constitution and the "1992 consensus" on the "one China, separate interpretation" issue in promoting relations with China and other countries
- Taiwan expects sound ties with U.S. under Obama administration CNA 03 Dec 2008 -- Relations between Taiwan and the United States should remain sound under the new administration of U
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