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July 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Boeing contracted to build missiles for Taiwan CNA 31 Jul 2010 -- The U.S. Defense Department has contracted Boeing to manufacture 32 Harpoon missile bodies for Taiwan, the department announced Thursday on its website.
  • MAC declines to comment on Beijing's military overtures CNA 31 Jul 2010 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) declined to comment Friday on remarks made by China's defense spokesman, who said the Chinese mainland would discuss the removal of guided missiles targeting Taiwan under the "one China" principle "at a proper time."
  • Beijing urged to acknowledge ROC's existence CNA 31 Jul 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih urged Beijing Saturday to acknowledge the existence of the Republic of China to allow for the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
  • Israel draws the line at Taiwan deepening ties with Iran CNA 25 Jul 2010 -- Israel has no objection to Taiwan fostering a better relationship with the Arab world but will frown on closer Taiwan-Iran ties, the top Israeli envoy to Taiwan said Thursday.
  • Cross-strait talks on flight increases to reopen soon: official CNA 25 Jul 2010 -- Negotiations with China on the dispute over an increase in the number of direct cross-strait flights will be held before the end of this month or in the first week of August at the latest, Taiwan's deputy transportation minister said Sunday.
  • China urged to respect Taiwan's right to join world bodies CNA 22 Jul 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih urged China Thursday to refrain from blocking Taiwan's bids to join non-political non-government organizations (NGOs) in order to forge mutual trust for expanded engagements in the future.
  • Legislators received murky message on F-16 fighters in Washington CNA 21 Jul 2010 -- Ruling Kuomintang Legislator Lin Yu-fang said in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that the "ambiguous message" he has received from United States is that if it could not sell F-16 C/D block fighters to Taiwan for the moment, it would consider upgrading the capability of Taiwan's F-16 A/B aircraft.
  • Military strength key bargaining chip for Taiwan with China: DPP CNA 19 Jul 2010 -- Taiwan has to maintain its military strength to serve as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China, Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Monday.
  • U.S. says it does not consult with 3rd country on Taiwan arms sales CNA 01 Jul 2010 -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip Crowley said Wednesday that Washington will continue to make decisions on the sale of arms to Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act and does not consult with any other country on that matter.
  • President touts significance of ECFA CNA 01 Jul 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the just-concluded economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with China will bear far-reaching influence, not only on cross-Taiwan Strait relations but also on the regional situation.
  • Taiwan must think globally after ECFA signing: president CNA 01 Jul 2010 -- The economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) inked June 29 with Beijing will revitalize Taiwan's economy, but the country must have a global outlook in order to remain competitive, President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday in a press conference.
  • Political effects of ECFA minimized: president CNA 01 Jul 2010 -- The signing of an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with Beijing will have virtually no political implications for Taiwan's sovereign status, President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday in Taipei.
  • Cabinet approves ECFA CNA 01 Jul 2010 -- The Executive Yuan approved Thursday the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection agreement signed with China June 29 and forwarded them immediately to the Legislative Yuan for review.

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