Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
January 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan Officials might escape punishment for execution CNA 31 Jan 2011 -- There is a possibility that none of the officers involved in wrongful conviction and execution of a soldier will be punished.
- Taiwan Defense Ministry apologizes to soldier's family CNA 31 Jan 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense formally apologized to the family of late Air Force private Chiang Kuo-ching for mishandling of a case.
- Taiwan President apologizes over wrongful execution CNA 31 Jan 2011 -- President Ma apologized to Taiwan's people and the family of an Air Force private who was executed for a rape-murder case 15 years ago.
- Defense Ministry apologizes for mishandling of rape-murder case CNA 30 Jan 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued an apology Sunday for causing "concern and turbulence in society" because of its handling of a rape-murder case in which a soldier was executed in possible miscarriage of justice more than 10 years ago.
- MND vows punishment of officers if wrongful execution is proved CNA 29 Jan 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will cooperate with judicial authorities to investigate whether the execution of a soldier in a rape-murder case 15 years ago was a miscarriage of justice, it said Saturday.
- Wikileaks document shows U.S. concern over Taiwan's export controls CNA 28 Jan 2011 -- The United States urged Taiwan to tighten its export controls in 2009 after a Taiwanese company sold high-tech items to Iran earlier that year, according to a leaked U.S. document released by the website Wikileaks.
- U.S. urged to pay more attention to cross-strait military imbalance CNA 26 Jan 2011 -- A high-level visiting Taiwanese official called on the United States Wednesday to pay closer attention to the military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait, a result of China's aggressive military development.
- U.S. keeps Taiwan in mind in joint statement: envoy CNA 25 Jan 2011 -- The United States did everything it could to protect Taiwan's interests in its joint statement with China issued last week during Chinese President Hu Jintao's official visit to Washington, a U.S. envoy said Tuesday.
- President urges U.S. to sell Taiwan F-16 C/D fighters CNA 25 Jan 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday the United States should sell Taiwan advanced F-16 C/D jet fighters because the existing military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait could impede the further development of cross-strait relations.
- President reaffirms continued engagement with China CNA 22 Jan 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that his administration will continue dialogue and engagement with China in the hope that the two sides can use Chinese wisdom to find a solution to their political disputes.
- Taiwan-U.S.-China ties undergoing fundamental change: analysts CNA 22 Jan 2011 -- A "metamorphosis" in cross-Taiwan Strait development could bring a fundamental change to the triangular relations among Taiwan, China and the United States, with Washington's influence fading, analysts said Saturday.
- AIT chairman to brief Taiwan on Chinese leader's U.S. visit CNA 21 Jan 2011 -- Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan , will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou.
- U.S.-China statement reflects consistent cross-strait policy CNA 20 Jan 2011 -- The US has remained consistent in its cross-Taiwan Strait policy in a U.S.-China joint statement.
- U.S. encouragement for dialogue with China not pressure CNA 20 Jan 2011 -- US encouragement for a continued reduction of cross-Taiwan Strait tensions was made with good intentions.
- Taiwan grateful for U.S. commitment to Taiwan Relations Act CNA 20 Jan 2011 -- The Republic of China appreciates US President Obama's reaffirmation of commitment to upholding the Taiwan Relations Act.
- President Ma gratified at U.S. praise for ECFA CNA 20 Jan 2011 -- President Ma expressed gratification at Washington's praise for the landmark trade agreement signed last June between Taiwan and China.
- Taiwan to check under-performing Sparrow missiles CNA 18 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan Ministry of National Defense will check each and every one of the remaining missiles to find out what went wrong.
- Ma dismisses connection between drill, Hu's U.S. visit CNA 18 Jan 2011 -- President Ma dismissed speculation that air defense exercise was timed to coincide with visit by China's president to US.
- Taiwan Tests Missiles Ahead of China-US Meeting VOA 18 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan has tested several missiles, just as China’s president heads off to visit the United States.
- Taiwan watchful as China's Hu begins U.S. visit CNA 18 Jan 2011 -- Relations among Taiwan, China and the United States are by no means a "zero-sum" game, and Taiwan hopes Washington will stand firm on its commitment to Taiwan.
- Chinese president's U.S. visit raises alarm on Taiwan-U.S. ties CNA 18 Jan 2011 -- President Ma must urge Washington to strongly reiterate U.S. obligations to Taiwan's security under the Taiwan Relations Act.
- Missile drill to show Taiwan's resolve to defend itself CNA 17 Jan 2011 -- A live-fire air defense exercise to be staged at in southern Taiwan will demonstrate Taiwan's resolve to defend itself.
- Taiwan's military to conduct live-fire defense tests CNA 17 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan's armed forces will hold live-fire air defense tests at the Jiupeng air base in the southern county of Pingtung.
- President Ma concerned about Chinese leader's visit to U.S. CNA 17 Jan 2011 -- President Ma: His administration is very concerned about Chinese President Hu Jintao's imminent visit to the US.
- Obama urged to show support for Taiwan in meeting with Hu CNA 14 Jan 2011 -- One quarter of U.S. senators have written a letter to President Obama, urging him to keep Taiwan's security interests in mind.
- New U.S. arms deal with Taiwan underway CNA 14 Jan 2011 -- The U.S. government has decided to sell a new arms package to Taiwan that will involve upgrades of the 145 aging U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters.
- Taiwan keeping close watch on China-U.S. summit CNA 13 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan is keeping a close eye on an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, and will exchange related information with Washington whenever possible, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.
- Obama urged to reaffirm U.S. security commitment to Taiwan CNA 13 Jan 2011 -- The four co-chairs of the U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus have written to President Barack Obama, urging him not to overlook Taiwan's interests in his upcoming meeting with China's President Hu Jintao.
- Pentagon says no change in U.S. policy on arms sales to Taiwan CNA 12 Jan 2011 -- The U.S. Department of Defense reaffirmed on Tuesday that U.S. policy toward China is based on three joint communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, which requires Washington to sell Taiwan defensive weapons.
- U.S. military support boosts Taiwan's confidence: official CNA 12 Jan 2011 -- Military support provided by the United States helps boost Taiwan's confidence in negotiating with China, which has continued its massive deployment of missiles targeting Taiwan despite the resumption of cross-Taiwan Strait dialogue, a Taiwanese official said Tuesday.
- Taiwan must separate China ties from U.S. arm sales: legislator CNA 12 Jan 2011 -- The development of ties with China must be treated as a separate issue from U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, said Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Lin Yu-fang on Wednesday, and he urged the government to deal with both gingerly to gain maximum protection militarily and economically.
- MAC gives cold shoulder to Beijing proposal on military talks CNA 12 Jan 2011 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , Taiwan's top agency on China affairs, gave the cold shoulder Wednesday to a proposal by China that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should hold military negotiations.
- Government rebuts ex-president's claim about Tiaoyutais CNA 11 Jan 2011 -- The Presidential Office rebutted Tuesday a claim by former President Lee Teng-hui that the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands are Japanese territory.
- Taiwan Could be Less Hot-Button Issue in Future, Gates Says AFPS 11 Jan 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates believes that U.S. arms sales to Taiwan may evolve into a less hot-button issue in U.S.-China relations.
- Taiwan questions China's stealth capability CNA 05 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense indirectly confirmed a lawmaker's assessment that China's 5th-gen fighter capability is doubtful.
- Possible lifting of EU's China arms embargo raises concerns CNA 05 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan's lawmakers expressed concern over the EU's possible lifting of its arms embargo on China.
- Taiwan expects 'no surprises' during Chinese leader's U.S. visit CNA 04 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan hopes and expects Chinese President Hu's visit to the US will be "surprise-free" and not jeopardize Taiwan's interests.
- Hu-Obama meeting unlikely to jeopardize U.S.-Taiwan ties: envoy CNA 03 Jan 2011 -- Taiwan's top representative to the United States, Jason Yuan, said in Washington Sunday that he does not think the upcoming visit to the U.S. by China President Hu Jintao will jeopardize Taiwan's interests.
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list