Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- People feel threatened by China's missiles: minister CNA 30 Jul 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu rebutted Friday remarks by a Beijing official that China's missiles are not aimed at Taiwan, saying that 'it is hard for Taiwan's people to buy his story.'
- Harder for Taiwan to buy arms from U.S.: president CNA 29 Jul 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said the changing relationship between the United States and China makes it harder for Taiwan to purchase weapons from the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report published Friday.
- DPP says China's 'threatening' remarks unnecessary CNA 29 Jul 2011 -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Friday it is willing to pursue common interests with China, and that Beijing's 'threatening remarks' prior to Taiwan's 2012 presidential election are 'unnecessary.'
- Ma hoping for progress on thorny cross-strait issues CNA 29 Jul 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou expressed the hope Friday that there would be major progress in cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations to pave the way for deals on investment protection, dispute settlement and nuclear safety between Taiwan and China.
- Taiwan issue not internal affair of mainland China CNA 28 Jul 2011 -- The Republic of China is an independent sovereign state and any issue related to Taiwan is not an internal affair of mainland China.
- Taiwan needs not worry about China's aircraft carrier - for now CNA 27 Jul 2011 -- Experts: Taiwan does not need to worry about the carrier threat until China builds a second or a third carrier and forms battle groups.
- Taiwan rejects charge of inadequate F-16 lobbying efforts CNA 27 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan firmly rebutted a U.S. newspaper report claiming that it has not lobbied strongly to procure new fighters or upgrade its existing jets.
- U.S. will make decision on F-16 sales by Oct. 1: Mullen CNA 26 Jul 2011 -- Highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces: The United States is expected to make a decision on F-16 jet fighter sales to Taiwan by Oct. 1.
- Operation against hijacked Taiwanese boat legal: U.S. Navy CNA 26 Jul 2011 -- US operation against a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel hijacked by Somali pirates was in accordance with existing rules of engagement and in compliance with international law.
- Taiwan Lawmakers react to Su-27 incursion CNA 25 Jul 2011 -- The DPP legislative caucus demanded that President Ma lodge a protest with China over plane's crossing of the Taiwan Strait median line.
- Taiwan: Military in full control when Su-27s crossed line CNA 25 Jul 2011 -- The military reacted in accordance with emergency response regulations when Chinese jets were spotted over Taiwan Strait centerline.
- Taiawn ex-army major general life sentence over China spying CNA 25 Jul 2011 -- Former Army major general Lo Hsien-che has been sentenced to life imprisonment on conviction of spying for China.
- Taiwan Fishermen, lawmakers dissatisfied with U.S. report CNA 25 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. should offer the family of a fishing boat captain killed during an anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia reasonable compensation.
- President Ma distances Taiwan from China on Tiaoyutai dispute CNA 22 Jul 2011 -- President Ma has ruled out the possibility of Taiwan aligning with China in dealing with disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan not yet informed of U.S. arms sale decision CNA 22 Jul 2011 -- The US will reportedly decide whether to sell F-16 C/D jet fighters to Taiwan by Oct. 1.
- Taiwan has no plans for military exchanges with China CNA 21 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan has no intention of beginning talks with China regarding a confidence-building mechanism or military exchange program.
- Taiwan Military rebuts media 'surrender' accusation CNA 20 Jul 2011 -- A newly released National Defense Report is not tantamount to a flag of surrender to China as alleged by a local newspaper.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over Spratly Islands CNA 20 Jul 2011 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, shortly after Philippine lawmakers made a trip there.
- Taiwan MND rules out cooperation with China on Spratlys CNA 19 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense ruled out the possibility of cooperating with China over the disputed Spratly Islands.
- Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage VOA 19 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan says it is falling further behind in its race to keep up with China's rapidly expanding military capability.
- U.S. reaffirms no change to Taiwan Relations Act CNA 18 Jul 2011 -- United States Congressmen have reaffirmed that there will be no changes to the Taiwan Relations Act.
- Taiwan needs U.S. weapons to gain leverage with China: official CNA 16 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan needs U.S. weapons to maintain a balance with China despite warming relations across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's Information Minister Philip Yang said Friday in Washington D.C.
- Military denies key to Taiwan's secrets sold to China CNA 16 Jul 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied a report Saturday claiming that former Army major general Lo Hsien-che sold a scrambler used by Taiwan's intelligence services to China while he was posted in Thailand from 2002 to 2005.
- Taiwan-China talks on South China Sea not in the cards CNA 13 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan has no plans to hold political negotiations with China at the moment, nor will it negotiate South China Sea issues with Beijing.
- U.S. urged to pay attention to cross-strait military imbalance CNA 12 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan urged the US to supply it with F-16C/D jet fighters to help address the growing military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait.
- Anti-aircraft carrier tactics in military drills: MND CNA 12 Jul 2011 -- Anti-aircraft carrier combat strategies have been included in Taiwan's annual military drills since 2008.
- Lafayette case closes, US$875 million paid to Taiwan CNA 12 Jul 2011 -- The French defense company Thales has wired a court-ordered fine of US$875 million into a Taiwan government bank account.
- Taiwan mulls idea of having Navy ships protect fishermen CNA 12 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan has not rejected the option of dispatching navy vessels to protect Taiwanese fishing boats in the future.
- Taiwan continues to seek peace, rapprochement with China: Ma CNA 11 Jul 2011 -- President Ma: Taiwan had effectively ended cross-Taiwan Strait tensions through engagement over the past three years.
- First 4 Black Hawk copters for Taiwan to be built by 2013 CNA 10 Jul 2011 -- A United States company has been awarded a US$48.6 million contract to build four Black Hawk helicopters for Taiwan, the Department of Defense announced.
- Taiwan lawmakers in U.S. to push for F-16 C/D sales CNA 07 Jul 2011 -- Part of American trip to lobby for the United States to approve Taiwan's request to buy F-16 C/D fighter jets.
- Taiwanese legislators head for U.S. to push for F-16 C/D sale CNA 06 Jul 2011 -- A group of legislators across party lines will leave for the US to lobby to approve Taiwan's request to acquire F-16 C/D fighter jets.
- Ex-president Lee might face fresh indictment CNA 02 Jul 2011 -- Former President Lee Teng-hui might get hit with another indictment as Taiwan's prosecutors are collecting evidence from overseas regarding his alleged money laundering to Singapore while in office, prosecution authorities said Saturday.
- 'With strong military, we can determine our own destiny': president CNA 01 Jul 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said to military cadets Friday that the weak allow others to dominate their fate, and only when a nation is able to defend itself militarily can it determine its own destiny.
- Warmer cross-strait ties help Taiwan's preventive defense: Perry CNA 01 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan has actively improved relations with China over the past three years, a policy that has helped build mutual trust across the Taiwan Strait and is conducive to Taiwan's defense if viewed from a war prevention point of view, former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry said Thursday.
- Taiwan will not request F-16 C/D quote without U.S. consensus CNA 01 Jul 2011 -- Taiwan will not present a letter of request (LOR) for the procurement and acquisition of any specific items of military hardware without prior consensus with the United States, a Taiwanese official said Thursday.
- Lee professes innocence in state fund embezzlement indictment CNA 01 Jul 2011 -- Former President Lee Teng-hui professed innocence Friday after being indicted a day earlier for allegedly embezzling state funds while in office from 1988-2000.
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