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December 2009 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Cross-strait peace agreement not possible at present: president CNA 31 Dec 2009 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview with the German magazine "Internationale Politik" that he does not believe a cross-Taiwan Strait peace agreement is possible under the present situation that China has deployed 1,300 missiles aimed at Taiwan and will not give up the threat of using force against the country.
  • President rebuts suggestion of Taiwan being 'Finlandized' CNA 31 Dec 2009 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations is not oriented in a pro-China direction and that Taiwan is not being "Finlandized." He was responding to article titled "Not So Dire Straits" written by Bruce Gilley, an assistant professor at Portland State University, which appeared in the latest issue of "Foreign Affairs, " a bimonthly published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan organization. Gilley suggested that by choosing a pro-China path, Taiwan as a "junior" neighbor is under the influence of the more powerful China, like Finland was to the Soviet Union during the Cold War years.
  • Time not yet ripe for cross-strait political talks: MAC CNA 30 Dec 2009 -- The time is not yet ripe for Taiwan and China to hold political negotiations, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Chao Chien-min said in a statement Wednesday to clarify comments he made two days earlier.
  • President pledges no relaxation of military preparedness CNA 29 Dec 2009 -- President Ma Ying-jeou pledged Tuesday that Taiwan will not relax its military preparedness, despite increased regional stability as a result of reduced cross-Taiwan Strait tension.
  • Nearly 70% people approve of cross-strait talks CNA 29 Dec 2009 -- Nearly 70 percent of the respondents to a recent poll expressed approval of the institutional cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations, saying they are helpful to forging peace and stability in relations between Taiwan and China.
  • Cross-strait negotiation still an uphill battle CNA 27 Dec 2009 -- The fourth round of Taiwan-China talks concluded last week with three agreements signed amid a series of protests by the opposition and mixed views toward a proposed trade pact that seeks closer bilateral economic relations.
  • Chinese negotiator leaves Taiwan CNA 25 Dec 2009 -- China's chief negotiator with Taiwan left Taiwan Friday after wrapping up a five-day visit during which three cross-Taiwan Strait cooperation agreements on technical issues were signed but differences between the two sides also emerged.
  • All members of ex-first family indicted again CNA 24 Dec 2009 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian and his three immediate family members were indicted again Thursday, along with 19 other people, on charges of corruption and money laundering --crimes that prosecutors said were carried out by manipulating financial reforms introduced by the Chen administration.
  • U.S. firm wins contracts to produce Patriot system for Taiwan CNA 24 Dec 2009 -- U.S. defense manufacturer Raytheon Company said Wednesday that it has been awarded contracts worth a total of US$1.1 billion to produce new Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan.
  • U.S. to deliver Patriot air defense systems to Taiwan RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Raytheon Company has announced it has received defense orders worth $1.1 billion to supply Taiwan with advanced Patriot air defense systems.
  • Raytheon Receives $1.1 Billion Order to Advance Taiwan's Patriot Capability Raytheon 23 Dec 2009 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received Foreign Military Sales contract awards totaling $1.1 billion to fund new production of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan. The awards include ground-system hardware through an initial contract valued at $965.6 million and an initial spares contract valued at $134.4 million.
  • Taiwan, China open new round of talks on economic issues CNA 22 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan and China's top negotiators formally opened their latest round of talks Tuesday following a surprise announcement a day earlier that a planned agreement on double taxation avoidance had been removed from the meeting's agenda.
  • Taiwan, China seal three agreements on cross-strait cooperation CNA 22 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan and China formally signed three agreements Tuesday on fishing crew cooperation, agricultural quarantine inspection, and industrial product standards, inspection and certification, at a meeting of their top negotiators in Taichung City.
  • Tax deal with China involves no sovereignty issue: premier CNA 22 Dec 2009 -- Premier Wu Den-yih on Tuesday dismissed speculations that the reason for the delay in signing a deal with China on avoidance of double taxation was due to issues involving the island's sovereignty.
  • China says no lack of transparency in new talks with Taiwan CNA 21 Dec 2009 -- China's Taiwan affairs chief dismissed allegations of a lack of transparency in the upcoming new round of trade negotiations with Taiwan, as China's top negotiator left Beijing for the island Monday.
  • Talk of the Day - News digest of local media - Bracing for talks CNA 21 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan is braced for a new round of high-level talks with China, as Chen Yunlin, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, is scheduled to arrive later Monday.
  • Taiwan, China to press ahead with trade pact discussions CNA 21 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan and China will step up discussions on the signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), a local official involved in the negotiations said Monday as the two countries prepared for formal talks on other economic issues set to begin Tuesday.
  • Exchange of spies could be included in cross-strait talks: SEF CNA 17 Dec 2009 -- Exchange of intelligence agents being held captive by each side could be put on the agenda for the future round of cross-Strait talks.
  • Presidential Office clarifies Wall Street Journal report CNA 15 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan's media played up a comment by President Ma that unification of China and Taiwan would depend on events over the next "decade."
  • Mine clearing on Kinmen, Matsu making progress: MND CNA 15 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan Military's efforts to remove landmines on two of Taiwan's outlying islands are making good progress.
  • 560,000 people vaccinated on first national immunization day CNA 15 Dec 2009 -- Some 560,000 people were vaccinated against influenza A (H1N1) on the first day of a national free inoculation program in Taiwan.
  • Taiwan confers medals on U.S. troops for helping with disaster rescue CNA 15 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense presented about 600 medals to members of the United States Armed Forces, in recognition of help and support given in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.
  • President Ma presents his vision in WSJ Asia article CNA 14 Dec 2009 -- President Ma Ying-jeou told the Wall Street Journal Asia that military means is one of the means his government will use to defend Taiwa.
  • Taiwan records two more deaths from H1N1 CNA 14 Dec 2009 -- Two more Taiwanese people have died from swine flu, bringing the death toll from the virus to 35 since the outbreak began earlier this year.
  • MAC chief vows to protect Taiwan's rights in cross-strait talks CNA 13 Dec 2009 -- The nation's top China policy planner vowed again Sunday to safeguard Taiwan's interests during the next round of talks between Taiwan and China that will take place later this month in Taichung, central Taiwan.
  • China opposes U.S. plans to sell arms to Taiwan RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- China has said it is against all arms sales to Taiwan, following an announcement by the U.S. that it is considering new deliveries to the Taiwanese military.
  • Fourth round of cross-strait talks to open Dec. 22 in Taichung CNA 10 Dec 2009 -- The fourth round of talks between the chief cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators on each side -- Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin -- will be held Dec. 22 in Taichung, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced Thursday.
  • Premier denies need for China policy changes CNA 07 Dec 2009 -- Premier Wu Den-yih denied Monday that there is a need to change government policy toward China, despite the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) poorer-than-expected performance in Saturday's local elections.
  • Pregnant woman loses baby after getting H1N1 shot CNA 04 Dec 2009 -- Woman underwent emergency surgery to have her dead unborn baby removed, 7 days after she was vaccinated against influenza A(H1N1)
  • Taiwan announces new rules to stem H1N1 infections at schools CNA 03 Dec 2009 -- Taiwan Ministry of Education announced new rule to partially replace the previous "325" guideline as part of the government's efforts to stem cluster infections of H1N1.
  • Vaccine donation shows Taiwan as `peace creator:' president CNA 02 Dec 2009 -- President Ma: Taiwan's offer to donate H1N1 vaccine to the World Health Organization has helped feature the country as a "peace creator."

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