Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan declines to comment on Beijing's military overtures CNA 30 Jul 2010 -- Mainland Affairs Council declined to comment on remarks Chinese mainland would discuss the removal of missiles targeting Taiwan.
- Boeing contracted to build missiles for Taiwan CNA 30 Jul 2010 -- US Defense Department has contracted Boeing to manufacture 32 Harpoon missile bodies for Taiwan.
- Taiwan Pres' plane's parking apron to be lent for civil use CNA 30 Jul 2010 -- The military confirmed that parking apron used by presidential plane at the Songshan air base in Taipei City will be lent for civil use.
- Pursuit of Taiwan-Iran trade ties legitimate: officials CNA 27 Jul 2010 -- Taiwan is not against commercial activity with Iran that benefits Taiwan's businesspeople.
- Second stage of demining operations in Kinmen begin CNA 16 Jul 2010 -- The second and final stage of demining operations on Kinmen started and hopes to completely clear the Taiwan-held island by June 2013.
- No timetable for political talks with China: GIO head CNA 14 Jul 2010 -- Taiwan does not have any timetable for political talks with China after the recent signing of a bilateral economic agreement.
- No safety concerns over Taiwan's nuclear plants: AEC CNA 12 Jul 2010 -- Atomic Energy Council: There are no concerns about the safety of Taiwan's three operating nuclear power plants.
- Washington welcomes cross-strait dialogue CNA 30 Jun 2010 -- The United States Department of State said Tuesday it welcomes boosted dialogue and exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, adding that it hopes the links will continue expanding.
- AIT welcomes ECFA signing, denies arm sales notification suspensions CNA 30 Jun 2010 -- The United States welcomes the signing of a historical cross-Taiwan Strait trade agreement and its policy on arm sales to Taiwan remains unchanged, the top U.S. diplomat in Taiwan said Wednesday.
- Signing ECFA proves cross-strait peace reachable: President CNA 29 Jun 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the signing of a landmark cross-Taiwan Strait trade pact shows that Taiwan and China can interact cooperatively and that therefore, peace and prosperity between both sides are also achievable.
- Taiwan's top negotiator calls for timely follow-up ECFA talks CNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China urged the two sides of the Taiwan Strait Tuesday to launch follow-up talks on an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) soon after the pact is signed.
- China, Taiwan Sign Landmark Trade Deal VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- In concrete terms, the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement signed by Chinese and Taiwanese representatives ends tariffs on hundreds of products traded across the Taiwan Strait. It also will allow Taiwanese firms to invest in Chinese service sectors, including banking accounting, insurance and hospitals.
- U.S. scholar inspires president to end conscription CNA 28 Jun 2010 -- President Ma: It was at the suggestion of a professor from MIT that he determined to do away with national conscription.
- Court clears six former navy officers of corruption charge CNA 25 Jun 2010 -- Six former Navy officers who were charged with corruption in 1991 frigates purchase were found not guilty.
- U.S. will not use arms sales to bargain with China: diplomat CNA 22 Jun 2010 -- There is no chance that the US would terminate its arms sales to Taiwan in exchange for China's removal of its missiles that are aimed at Taiwan.
- Missile tests cause alarm among island dwellers CNA 22 Jun 2010 -- Coast guard officers who rushed to the scene found vessels reported to have been hit by missiles were targets for missile tests.
- Lawmakers divided on whether to withdraw troops from Dongyin CNA 21 Jun 2010 -- Legislators expressed divided views on whether Taiwan should consider withdrawing troops from the outlying island of Dongyin.
- China has never presented redeployment plan: U.S. official CNA 18 Jun 2010 -- China has never presented a concrete plan for redeployment of its missiles targeting Taiwan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg said Thursday.
- Raytheon Receives $73 Million to Advance Patriot Capabilities for Taiwan and Kuwait Raytheon 15 Jun 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $73 million contract for spares as part of upgrades to Configuration-3 of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan and Kuwait.
- Sentences for Taiwan ex-president, wife cut to 20 years from life CNA 11 Jun 2010 -- Life sentences for former President Chen Shui-bian and his wife Wu Shu-jen have been lowered to 20 years in prison.
- Taiwan Ex-president's son, daughter-in-law, aides, get lighter sentences CNA 11 Jun 2010 -- Former President Chen Shui-bian's son and daughter-in-law saw their sentences lowered after their second trial.
- Stricter 'embezzlement' standard leads court to cut Chen's sentence CNA 11 Jun 2010 -- The Taiwan High Court reduced sentence because it used a tighter standard than a lower court in defining what constituted "embezzlement."
- Gates reaffirms no changes in U.S. policy on arms sales to Taiwan CNA 07 Jun 2010 -- US Defense Secretary Gates has reaffirmed that the US policy on selling defensive weapons to Taiwan remains unchanged.
- U.S. firm on arms sales to Taiwan: AIT chairman CNA 04 Jun 2010 -- The United States remains firm on its policy for selling defensive weapons to Taiwan under the framework of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) , American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond F. Burghardt said Friday.
- Time not ripe for cross-strait military talks: former official CNA 03 Jun 2010 -- A Taiwanese ex-national security chief said here Thursday that the time for talks between Taiwan and China on the building of military mutual trust is not ripe at this time.
- Defense ministry denies report about missile testing CNA 02 Jun 2010 -- A magazine report about a medium-range missile test-firing plan is not accurate, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement Wednesday, without elaborating.
- French decision to close military office in Taiwan not finalized CNA 01 Jun 2010 -- Discounting a Liberty Times report, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said late Monday that the French government has not yet finalized a decision to close down its military liaison office in Taiwan.
- France denies military liaison office exists in Taipei CNA 01 Jun 2010 -- France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the existence of a military liaison office in Taiwan in a press briefing Monday after Taiwanese media reported that the office has been closed over the handling of a warship sale dispute.
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