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October 2010 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan Military working all out in Suhua Highway search CNA 28 Oct 2010 -- The military has been making every effort in the search for people missing since last week when deadly rockslides hit the coastal Suhua Highway.
  • Taiwan to defer arms acquisition from U.S. CNA 27 Oct 2010 -- Taiwan will defer the acquisition of some weapons systems from the United States due to the government's financial constraints.
  • AP responds to Taiwan government's protest CNA 23 Oct 2010 -- The Associated Press responded Saturday to protests by the government of Taiwan over alleged distortions of President Ma Ying-jeou's comments in an exclusive interview, saying that the controversy involved "mainly matters of emphasis".
  • Defense Ministry: No plans to mothball Mirage fighters CNA 21 Oct 2010 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday that it has no plans to mothball its French-made Mirage fighter jets at present.
  • Former U.S. President Clinton to visit Taiwan in November CNA 20 Oct 2010 -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will visit Taiwan in mid-November, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official confirmed Wednesday.
  • Next Chinese leader familiar with Taiwan affairs: NSB chief CNA 20 Oct 2010 -- The man in line to be China's next leader was no stranger to Taiwan affairs, but he was not expected to compromise on any sovereignty- and territory-related issues, Taiwan's National Security Bureau Director Tsai Teh-sheng said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan investigating reported China-Japan deal on disputed islands CNA 19 Oct 2010 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday it was not aware of a reported "secret deal" between China and Japan on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands, but confirmed that it was gathering information on the matter.
  • Premier confident China's next leader will stick to peace policy CNA 19 Oct 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih expressed confidence Tuesday that China's next leader would continue to pursue the peaceful and stable development of relations with Taiwan, which he called a "direction that should not be reversed."
  • Defense Ministry to review French-built fighter jets CNA 18 Oct 2010 -- National Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday that he will ask for an overall review of the country's French-made Mirage fighter jets after a lawmaker pointed out that the flight hours of the fighters have been reduced due to concern about a possible engine problem.
  • France not using Lafayette case to deny Taiwan visa waiver: MOFA CNA 14 Oct 2010 -- France has not attempted to use the Lafayette frigate dispute to interfere with Taiwan's efforts to be included in the European Union's (EU's) list of countries whose citizens can enter the EU visa free, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Timothy C.T. Yang said Thursday.
  • Taiwan won't negotiate international space with China: MAC CNA 14 Oct 2010 -- Taiwan's quest for international space and President Ma Ying-jeou's call for "mutual non-denial" will not be on the agenda of any cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations, a senior official responsible for China policy said Thursday.
  • President confident in outcome of Taiwan-U.S. talks CNA 13 Oct 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou expressed confidence Wednesday that Taiwan will soon reach agreements with the United States on a number of bilateral issues that are under negotiation, including the sale of F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan.
  • No preconditions attached to peace overture: premier CNA 13 Oct 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih said Wednesday that Taiwan would not accept any preconditions from China in its overture to dismantle missiles targeting Taiwan.
  • Taiwan developing unmanned aircraft: defense minister CNA 11 Oct 2010 -- Taiwan has not put a U.S.-built unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, on its arms procurement list, opting instead to have its military-run research institute develop an indigenous unmanned aircraft system, a defense official said Monday.
  • Plans for all-volunteer military hit snags CNA 11 Oct 2010 -- Legislation and funding are crucial if Taiwan is to realize its goal of implementing a completely volunteer-manned military service system by 2014, the premier said Monday.
  • Foreign ministry issues low-level travel alert for Sweden CNA 07 Oct 2010 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a low-level travel alert for Sweden over concerns of possible terrorist attacks, a ministry official said Thursday.
  • U.S. conducting assessment of Taiwan's defense needs CNA 06 Oct 2010 -- Washington has begun a sweeping assessment of Taiwan's defense needs over the next five to 10 years to determine the types of defensive weapon systems the United States should provide it with, a U.S. business leader said Tuesday.
  • Ex-president's office accuses prosecutors of abusing power CNA 06 Oct 2010 -- The office of former President Chen Shui-bian on Wednesday accused the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office of abusing judicial power by raiding Chen's office and seizing documents.
  • Taiwan presses for F-16 C/D sale CNA 05 Oct 2010 -- Taiwan renewed a call Monday for the United States to approve its request for F-16C/D fighters to help enhance its air defense capability against China's military threat.
  • China's Ministry of Commerce delegation to visit CNA 05 Oct 2010 -- A delegation from China's Ministry of Commerce will attend the 2010 Asia MICE forum in Taipei Oct. 7-8, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said in a statement released Monday.
  • U.S.-Taiwan defense industry conference opens CNA 04 Oct 2010 -- An annual U.S.-Taiwan defense industry conference opened Sunday at Cambridge, Maryland with more than 140 government officials, scholars, experts and representatives from defense companies taking part.
  • Taiwan probing report on U.S.-Japan joint exercise over Tiaoyutais CNA 03 Oct 2010 -- Taiwan's representative office in Tokyo has launched a probe into a report published Sunday by the Sankei Simbun newspaper that the United States and Japan are slated to hold a joint military exercise in November as a mock operation to retake the Tiaoyutai Islands if China occupies them, Foreign Ministry spokesman James Chang said that day.
  • MAC head reiterates principle of China policy CNA 02 Oct 2010 -- Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan reiterated Saturday that "putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people" is the highest principle of Taiwan's China policy and that the people of Taiwan have the right to choose the future direction of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

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