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May 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. senators push Obama to sell F-16C/Ds to Taiwan CNA 27 May 2011 -- Nearly half of the members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging the sale of F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan.
- Taiwan Opposition Candidate Would Seek Deals With China VOA 26 May 2011 -- Taiwan's opposition Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen has united factions in her divided party since election losses in 2008.
- Defense ministry regrets impunity of ex-officers in torture case CNA 25 May 2011 -- Taiwan's MND regrets the decision by the Supreme Prosecutors Office to not prosecute officers involved in case mishandling.
- Former commander accused of wrongdoing over soldier's execution CNA 24 May 2011 -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office accused former Air Force Commander Chen Chao-min of mishandling a rape-murder case.
- 12 Taiwanese sue Japan for compensation from 1945 atomic bomb CNA 23 May 2011 -- A total of 13 Taiwanese and Chinese nationals, who witnessed and survived the 1945 Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic bomb blasts, filed a lawsuit with the Hiroshima District Court.
- Government cites ''92 consensus' in response to 'two Chinas' proposal CNA 22 May 2011 -- The government is adhering to the '1992 Consensus' in its dealings with China, the Presidential Office said Sunday, after a former U.S. official suggested that Beijing consider accepting the idea of 'two Chinas.'
- Taiwan, China should resolve disputes peacefully: U.S. CNA 21 May 2011 -- The U.S. Department of State reaffirmed Friday that the United States has maintained a consistent policy toward China and that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner.
- Taiwan confident in U.S. Congress's support for TRA CNA 20 May 2011 -- A high-ranking Taiwanese official posted in Washington expressed confidence Thursday in the U.S. Congress's firm support for the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) despite China's efforts to lobby for changes to the law that governs U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
- Military court seeks life sentence for ex-army general CNA 20 May 2011 -- A military court on Friday asked for life imprisonment for an army general who has confessed to spying for China.
- Israeli spy sought details of Russian-Arab military deals - FSB RIA Novosti 20 May 2011 -- The Israeli military attache expelled by Moscow for spying tried to obtain information about Russian military cooperation with Arab and CIS states, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Friday.
- PLA chief: No ballistic missile deployment targeting Taiwan CNA 19 May 2011 -- The chief of general staff of China's People's Liberation Army said in the United States Wednesday that China does not have ballistic missiles deployed in coastal areas targeting Taiwan.
- U.S. law governing Taiwan arms sale hard to change, official says CNA 19 May 2011 -- Most members of the U.S. Congress support the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) - the U.S. law that obliges Washington to sell defensive weapons to Taiwan - and it would not be easy for China to alter the status quo in this regard, Deputy Foreign Minister Thomas Hou said Thursday.
- Calling Taiwan a 'province of China' totally unacceptable: MOFA CNA 17 May 2011 -- Taiwan's Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta told a World Health Organization (WHO) official Monday that calling Taiwan a province of China - as it did in a September, 2010 letter - was 'totally unacceptable,' according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Details of new round of cross-strait talks not yet decided: SEF CNA 17 May 2011 -- Cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators have not yet decided when and where the next round of high-level talks between Taiwan and China will take place, Taiwan's top negotiator with China, Chiang Pin-kung, said Tuesday.
- No U.N. agency should determine Taiwan's position: U.S. CNA 17 May 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that no organization of the United Nations has a right to unilaterally determine Taiwan's status.
- Taiwan planning to replace aging torpedoes: Defense News CNA 17 May 2011 -- Taiwan's military plans to budget US$860 million to purchase new Mk54 and Mk48 torpedoes to replace its aging U.S.- and German-made ones, the U.S.-based Defense News reported Monday.
- Cold war ends, now OK to advocate communism in Taiwan CNA 17 May 2011 -- A Legislative Yuan committee approved on Monday an amendment that negates the ban on people for advocating communism or the idea of splitting the national territory.
- Taiwan Presses US for Fighter Jets, Notes Progress in Ties with China VOA 12 May 2011 -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has again pressed the United States to sell the island F-16 fighter jets and other military equipment.
- Taiwan Pres: 3 lines of defense sum up national security policy CNA 12 May 2011 -- President Ma shared with the international community Taiwan's experience and strategies in building national security.
- Taiwan Pres to expound strategies with U.S. think tank CNA 12 May 2011 -- President Ma will outline Taiwan's security strategies in a teleconference with a U.S. think tank.
- Taiwan: Nuclear plants will be closed permanently if big quake hits CNA 12 May 2011 -- Taiwan's 3 existing nuclear power plants will be put to rest permanently in the event of a major natural catastrophe.
- Ex-lawmaker urges military service act revision CNA 11 May 2011 -- Ex-lawmaker Li Ao appealed for a revision to the Military Service System Act.
- Taiwan plans to sign nuclear safety pact with China CNA 11 May 2011 -- Taiwan looks forward to signing a nuclear safety cooperation agreement with China.
- Nuclear plants need upgrade to better resist tsunamis: report CNA 11 May 2011 -- Taiwan's three existing nuclear power plants need to be upgraded so that they can better resist damage from tsunamis.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over Spratly Islands CNA 10 May 2011 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over various archipelagoes in the South China Sea.
- Taiwan monitoring China's aircraft carrier development CNA 09 May 2011 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense: Closely monitoring China's aircraft carrier development.
- Using 'Macau formula' in cross-strait talks unacceptable: premier CNA 06 May 2011 -- Premier Wu Den-yih said Friday that he supported the '1992 consensus' as the basis for cross-strait talks, and could not accept a formula broached by an official under the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.
- Taiwan denies plan to hold anti-terror meet in South China Sea CNA 05 May 2011 -- A presidential spokesman denied Thursday that the government will hold an international anti-terrorism meeting on Taiping islet in the South China Sea.
- President Ma urges people not to worry about security CNA 03 May 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has instructed the relevant government agencies to closely monitor the international situation following the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is urging the Taiwan public not to worry about national security, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
- Agency to step up collection of anti-terrorism information CNA 02 May 2011 -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Monday that it would step up collection of anti-terrorism information after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.
- President Ma emphasizes no use of force CNA 01 May 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China told German media that Taiwan will adhere to the principle of no unification, no independence, no use of force in promoting relations with mainland China.
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