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March 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • No harbor barricade drill: Navy CNA 29 Mar 2010 -- A military official denied Monday that the Navy will perform a harbor-barricading drill as part of forthcoming war games.
  • Taiwan to stay on alert over S. Korean ship sinking: President Ma CNA 27 Mar 2010 -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that he has instructed the military to stay on alert after he obtained a clearer picture of the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol ship on the sea between China and the Korean peninsula.
  • Air Forces rebuts report on negligence in air defense CNA 23 Mar 2010 -- Air Force chief of staff Wong Hsuan-chou on Tuesday morning confirmed that a Russian TU-95 aircraft had briefly entered Taiwan's Air Force Identification Zone on Jan. 28 while flying south near northeastern Taiwan, but said the aircraft turned around and headed toward Japan after it received a message from Taiwan aviation authorities.
  • Defense needs to decide air base relocation: premier CNA 23 Mar 2010 -- Defense needs will be the key consideration when the government studies a proposal to relocate the air base at the Taipei Songshan Airport to make way for an expansion of the commercial part of the airport, Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday. OK LIKE THIS? Wu said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) should discuss with the Ministry of National Defense on whether it is necessary to maintain the Songshan air base where it is.
  • Armed Forces reorganization remains unchanged CNA 21 Mar 2010 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied Sunday that it has flipflopped on the re-organization of the armed forces.
  • President denies report that military bases to be relocated CNA 20 Mar 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has not instructed that military bases on the west coast of Taiwan should be relocated to the east in order to make available land with high economic value, his spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said Saturday. Media reports that Ma issued the instruction are untrue, he said, adding that the president only said the Ministry of National Defense (MND) ought to outlines plans for military-controlled land.
  • Three cross-Taiwan Strait agreements to take effect March 21 CNA 19 Mar 2010 -- The three agreements Taiwan signed with China last December during the fourth round of formal talks between the two countries' top negotiators will take effect starting March 21, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Deputy Secretary-General Ma Shaw-chang said Friday.
  • No need to worry over China missile deployment: MND CNA 17 Mar 2010 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday that it is closely monitoring China's deployment of missiles at a military airport in Fujian province and the Taiwan public has no need to worry.
  • Security bureau pushes for talks on release of Taiwan agents in China CNA 17 Mar 2010 -- The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) will conduct negotiations with its mainland counterpart on the release of Taiwanese intelligence agents imprisoned in China, if it receives authorization from the government to do so, an SEF official said Wednesday.
  • Premier sets preconditions for cross-strait talks on military CBMs CNA 16 Mar 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih set two preconditions Tuesday for talks with China on cross-Taiwan Strait military confidence building measures (CBMs).
  • Defense minister to step down if censure cases continue unabated CNA 16 Mar 2010 -- National Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu on Tuesday vowed to step down if he is not successful in reducing the rate at which the Control Yuan is censuring people under his ministry for ethical irregularities.
  • Mass production of Clouded Leopard armored vehicles scheduled CNA 15 Mar 2010 -- Taiwan will begin mass production of locally developed CM-32 Clouded Leopard armored vehicles in November, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Monday.
  • Time not ripe yet for cross-strait summit: premier CNA 09 Mar 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday that the time is not yet ripe for a summit meeting between President Ma Ying- jeou and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao.
  • Taiwan donates decommisioned jet fighter to U.S. air museum CNA 09 Mar 2010 -- Taiwan has donated a decommissioned F-5 jet fighter to an air museum in the United States for public display, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
  • No cross-strait political talks during president's term CNA 04 Mar 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou will not change his stance of not holding political negotiations with China during his current term, a high-ranking official from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
  • U.S. use of 'Chinese Taipei' is big warning: lawmaker CNA 01 Mar 2010 -- An opposition lawmaker has demanded that Taiwan's government defend the country's sovereignty by asking the U.S. government for a correction after referring to Taiwan as "Chinese Taipei" for the first time in official usage.

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