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May 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taipei nixes Tokyo's plan to redraw air defense identification zone CNA 31 May 2010 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy C.T. Yang said Monday that a Japanese plan to redraw its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) west of its Yonaguni Island is "unacceptable." The decision to refuse to approve the Japanese plan was made jointly by his ministry and the Ministry of National Defense, Yang told the Legislative Yuan.
- Mediated solution not an option for Taiwan in Lafayette case CNA 31 May 2010 -- Taiwan did not renege on a tacit agreement to solve the Lafayette frigate case dispute with France as has been reported and will not opt for a mediated solution in the future, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
- U.S. arms sales helps ensure parity in cross-strait talks: ex-official CNA 29 May 2010 -- The U.S. sale of defensive arms to Taiwan are conducive to the development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties and will help Taiwan to negotiate with China on an equal footing because of Taiwan's better defense capabilities, a former U.S. official said Friday.
- Japan's air defense identification zone request confirmed CNA 27 May 2010 -- Taiwan has been notified by Japan about a request to re-draw the Air Defense Identification Zone over Japan's Yonaguni lsland.
- U.S. to evaluate Taiwan's request for F-16 fighters CNA 21 May 2010 -- The United States will further evaluate whether to upgrade Taiwan's existing F-16 A/B fighters or make new sales of F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan to help it maintain a viable air defense, a senior U.S. Air Force official said Thursday.
- Locally-built missile fast boat squadron launched CNA 18 May 2010 -- Taiwan's first squadron of 10 missile fast boats, built by CSBC Corporation, Taiwan, launched.
- Presidential Office reiterates transparency in dialogue with China CNA 16 May 2010 -- Any cross-Taiwan Strait decisions that are legally binding or involve the exercise of public authority should be concluded through talks between quasi-official intermediary bodies and under legislative supervision, an official said Sunday.
- 136 U.S. congressmen call for sale of F-16 C/Ds to Taiwan CNA 15 May 2010 -- In a joint letter sent to U.S. President Barack Obama Friday, 136 members of the House of Representatives called on the U.S. administration to seriously deal with Taiwan's self-defense by selling it F-16 C/D fighter jets.
- Taiwan-U.S. relations in good shape: Ma CNA 13 May 2010 -- President Ma: Relations between Taiwan and the US are in good shape.
- Asia's first hybrid-powered drone makes maiden flight CNA 13 May 2010 -- Asia's first unmanned aerial vehicle powered by a fuel cell and lithium battery hybrid made its maiden flight in southern Taiwan.
- Taiwan may have fewer than 80 operational fighters in 2025: report CNA 12 May 2010 -- Taiwan's air force may have fewer than 80 operational fighters in 2025 if it is unable to procure F-16 C/D fighters.
- U.S. official deflects speculation on Taiwan president's remark CNA 11 May 2010 -- Senior US official played down the significance of any speculation about how Washington will respond in a case of a conflict between China and Taiwan.
- Taiwan achieves successful rocket launch CNA 10 May 2010 -- Tawain's National Space Organization touted the launch of Sounding Rocket VII as a success, describing it as a major breakthrough in Taiwan's efforts.
- Tax exemption for teachers, military passes legislative review CNA 10 May 2010 -- A bill to scrap income tax exemption for military personnel and teachers passed an initial review by the legislative Finance Committee.
- Taiwan has to demonstrate will to defend itself: president CNA 05 May 2010 -- President Ma: As a sovereign country, Taiwan has to demonstrate to the world its determination to defend itself.
- Huang vows to pursue Lafayette slush funds held in Switzerland CNA 04 May 2010 -- Taiwan's top prosecutor will continue to pursue kickbacks related to a 1990s frigate deal being held in a Swiss bank accounts.
- Taiwan awarded at least US$591 million in Lafayette ruling CNA 04 May 2010 -- An international court ruled that French company that sold six frigates to Taiwan in 1991 violated a provision in the contract.
- Premier defends president's CNN remarks CNA 02 May 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has shown his determination to and confidence in defending the Republic of China by telling CNN that Taiwan will never ask Americans to fight for the country, Premier We Den-yih said Sunday.
- Former official: Official representatives on both sides of strait CNA 02 May 2010 -- Taiwan and China should have official representative offices to take up the functions of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation and its Chinese counterpart the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, a former chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday.
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