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February 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • New top security adviser vows to protect national dignity CNA 25 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's new top national security adviser said Thursday that his priority is safeguarding the country and its people and protecting national dignity.
  • U.S. urged to take Taiwan's need for F-16s seriously CNA 24 Feb 2010 -- Former Republic of China Vice President Annette Lu urged Washington Tuesday to decide whether or not to sell F-16C/D fighters to Taiwan as soon as possible, saying that although it has agreed to continue arms sales, it should not ignore Taiwan's stated self defense requirements.
  • Fight against swine flu successful: president CNA 24 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that the fight against swine flu, officially known as influenza A (H1N1), has been successful, so much so that the Central Epidemic Command Center was disbanded a day earlier.
  • Taiwan still wants F-16 C/D fighter jets, submarines: premier CNA 23 Feb 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday that Taiwan will not forsake plans to purchase the more advanced F-16 C/D fighter jets as well as diesel-electric submarines from the United States, amid a U.S. government report which suggested the island's current fleet was too old and weak.
  • 'Two countries' reference clarified by Presidential Office CNA 18 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou would not refer to Taiwan and China as "the two countries, " a Presidential Office spokesman said Thursday in clarifying a press release that used the term a day earlier.
  • Taiwan's top national security official resigns CNA 11 Feb 2010 -- Taiwan's top national security aide to President Ma Ying-jeou, announced his surprise resignation Thursday, citing family and health reasons.
  • Veteran diplomat Hu named Taiwan's top national security aide CNA 11 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou wasted no time to appoint his new top national security advisor as Hu Wei-chen was selected to fill the void left by Su Chi, who resigned as the Secretary General of the National Security Council Thursday.
  • Submarine procurement plan not dropped: defense ministry CNA 10 Feb 2010 -- The military has not dropped its plan to procure submarines to help beef up Taiwan's self-defense capability, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement Wednesday.
  • President touts arms buildup, combat preparedness CNA 10 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that a successful humanitarian mission carried out by an Air Force C-130 transport plane delivering relief goods to earthquake-ravaged Haiti late last month signifies that Taiwan's military buildup and combat preparedness is sufficient.
  • Taiwan has no deadline for cross-strait trade pact: president CNA 09 Feb 2010 -- Taiwan has not set a deadline for the conclusion of talks on a trade pact with China, President Ma Ying- jeou said Tuesday, one day after Taiwan's chief cross-strait negotiator said that the agreement is expected to be signed in May.
  • U.S.-China spat would not turn uncontrollable: former premier CNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Washington and Beijing may have given each other a hard time over a host of disputes, including arms sales to Taiwan, the Google controversy and the Dalai Lama, but such spats would not escalate to an uncontrollable, a senior adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou said here Thursday.
  • China confirms sanctions against U.S. suppliers of arms to Taiwan RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2010 -- China confirmed on Tuesday its decision to impose sanctions against U.S. suppliers of arms to Taiwan.
  • China to Sanction US Companies That Sell Arms to Taiwan VOA 02 Feb 2010 -- China has warned of serious repercussions for relations with the United States after the Obama administration's decision to sell arms to Taiwan.
  • US Regrets Chinese Reaction to Taiwan Arms Sale VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- The Obama administration on Monday expressed regret that China has cut off bilateral U.S.-Chinese military contacts and threatened to sanction U.S. defense firms over its decision to sell Taiwan new military hardware. But U.S. officials say dialogue with Beijing on other key issues continues.
  • China Steps Up Criticism of US-Taiwan Arms Sale VOA 01 Feb 2010 -- China has stepped up its criticism of the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan.
  • Navy says unidentified object was neither whale nor submarine CNA 02 Feb 2010 -- The Navy said Monday that a suspicious object detected in Taiwan's territorial waters recently was neither a whale nor a Chinese submarine, as reported by local newspapers.

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