Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
March 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan: No plans for cross-strait CBMs CNA 31 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan has no plans to establish cross-Taiwan Strait confidence-building measures as have been called for by China.
- Taiwan: No official agreement on storing nuclear waste in China CNA 30 Mar 2011 -- Premier Wu Den-yih denied a report in a local tabloid magazine that Taiwan was negotiating with China to store nuclear waste there.
- MAC wants nuclear safety discussed in next cross-strait talks CNA 30 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan will push for including nuclear safety on the agenda of the next round of cross-Taiwan Strait talks.
- Transition date to voluntary military service undecided: premier CNA 28 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's government has yet to find a way to finance its goal of mobilizing an all-volunteer army by 2014.
- Taiwan says China unresponsive on nuclear cooperation CNA 24 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's atomic regulator said Thursday that its Chinese counterpart has not responded adequately to a request for cooperation on exchanges of nuclear safety information and the reporting of emergencies.
- No point seeking halt to 4th nuke power plant project: Taipower CNA 24 Mar 2011 -- It is meaningless to demand a halt to the construction of the nation's 4th nuclear power plant as fuel rods had not yet been installed at the facility, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said Thursday.
- DPP hopefuls to halt 4th nuclear power plant project if elected CNA 24 Mar 2011 -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) two presidential hopefuls said Thursday that if elected next year, they would seek to reduce the nation's reliance on nuclear power plants for energy supply.
- Military pledges in-depth review of missile performance CNA 23 Mar 2011 -- The military will conduct a comprehensive, in-depth review of the reasons for the unsatisfactory performance of its missile fleet, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Wednesday in response to reports of missiles fired during recent tests missing their targets.
- Military to strengthen anti-nuclear capability CNA 23 Mar 2011 -- The military will improve the training and equipment of its chemical warfare corps in an effort to strengthen its ability to cope with nuclear disasters, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Wednesday amid increased concern over nuclear safety following the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiich nuclear power plant.
- Freeway section to be sealed off for warplane drill CNA 22 Mar 2011 -- A 2.7-kilometer section of the Sun Yat-sen Freeway will be sealed off for six hours on April 12, for a warplane emergency landing and takeoff drill, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Tuesday.
- MND to consider all aspects in military streamlining plan CNA 21 Mar 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday that his ministry will consider all aspects in a military streamlining plan amid public concern that units involving chemical response personnel will face cuts under the project.
- Water leakage at Taiwan's N-power plant poses no threat: AEC CNA 19 Mar 2011 -- Water leakage at a local nuclear power plant posed no environmental pollution or safety threats, although it remained unclear whether the leak was being caused by cracks in the plant's spent fuel storage pools, an official said Saturday.
- Military joins radiation detection operation at Taiwan airports CNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Military personnel were stationed at Taiwan airports Thursday to help check for radiation contamination on travelers returning home.
- Taiwan mulling nuclear safety mechanism with China CNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council has started internal discussions on whether to establish a mechanism with China.
- Taiwan won't stop building 4th nuke power plant: minister CNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Construction of the fourth nuclear power plant will not stop, but the government will give it some "serious thought" before installing fuel rods.
- Decision postponed on No. 1 nuclear power plant service extension CNA 17 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan will wait for an international review of Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis before making a decision on whether to decommission the nation's first nuclear power plant.
- China's new missiles pose serious threat to Taiwan CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan National Security Bureau Director-General: China's new DF-16 ballistic missiles pose a serious threat to Taiwan.
- China deploys powerful Dongfeng-16 missile CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's intelligence chief confirmedthat China has deployed powerful new DF-16 ballistic missiles that pose a serious threat to Taiwan.
- China touts smooth exchanges with Taiwan on nuclear safety CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- Agencies responsible for nuclear energy safety in Taiwan and China have consistently maintained smooth communications.
- AEC to review floodgate seal times for nuclear power plants CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council will review the situation after it was revealed that tsunami floodgates to seal the country's nuclear power plants could take as long as 30 minutes to close.
- Lawmakers want independent probe into safety of 4th nuclear plant CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- A legislative committee approved two proposals regarding the safety of the country's fourth nuclear power plant.
- Kaohsiung port uses anti-terrorism equipment to detect radiation CNA 16 Mar 2011 -- The Port of Kaohsiung is using the equipment originally designed to intercept trafficked nuclear materials to detect abnormal radiation levels of cargo from Japan.
- Taiwan MND to set forth measures to handle nuclear disaster CNA 15 Mar 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu has asked the military to work with related government agencies to map out substantive measures to deal with a multiple disaster.
- No need to stop nuclear power plant operations: president CNA 15 Mar 2011 -- President Ma: No need to shut down operations at Taiwan's three nuclear power plants despite public concerns.
- Premier urges cautious attitude on nuclear power safety CNA 15 Mar 2011 -- Premier Wu Den-yih vouched for the safety of Taiwan's nuclear power plants, but he said that the crisis in Japan had prompted the government to consider taking more precautions.
- Lawmakers urge government to stop building No. 4 nuclear plant CNA 14 Mar 2011 -- Legislators across party lines backed the immediate suspension of work on Taiwan's No. 4 nuclear power plant.
- DPP urges government to review nuclear policy CNA 14 Mar 2011 -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party urged the government to review its nuclear policy.
- Taiwan calls for U.S. arms sales CNA 08 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan's foreign affairs minister reiterated Monday Taipei's call for the United States to sell F-16C/D jet fighters and diesel submarines, which he said will help lower tension in the Taiwan Strait.
- Taiwan's military budget questioned as China ramps up spending CNA 07 Mar 2011 -- Lawmakers expressed concerns on Monday over Taiwan's decreasing military budget, saying that it paled in comparison with China's increasing military spending and was insufficient to meet the country's security needs.
- Taiwan engaged in peacemaking with China, not arms race: MND CNA 05 Mar 2011 -- Despite warming Taiwan-China ties, President Ma Ying-jeou has never deviated from his resolve to maintain cross-Taiwan Strait peace and safeguard national security since assuming office in May 2008, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Saturday.
- Taiwan will not engage in arms race with China CNA 04 Mar 2011 -- Taiwan will not engage in an arms race with China but will focus instead on making optimal use of its defense budget.
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