Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Radioactive substances detected on Lanyu 'not hazardous': Taipower CNA 29 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan Power Company: Radioactive substances had been detected outside its nuclear waste storage site on Lanyu.
- 'Abandoning Taiwan' not mainstream U.S. opinion: President Ma CNA 27 Nov 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has said that a 'ditch Taiwan' proposal that has been bubbling up in United States academia recently was not mainstream opinion in the U.S.
- President reaffirms commitment to U.S. arms procurement CNA 26 Nov 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has reaffirmed his commitment to Taiwan's continued procurement of defensive weapons from the United States to protect national security.
- Military spokesman denies officers intend to retire en masse CNA 21 Nov 2011 -- A military spokesman denied a local news report Monday that many career officers and soldiers are planning to retire over a new government measure to levy income tax on their salaries from Jan. 1.
- Defense ministry denies plan to deploy naval patrol in Indian Ocean CNA 21 Nov 2011 -- Contrary to media reports, the Navy has no immediate plans to send a patrol fleet to the Indian Ocean to protect Taiwanese fishing boats in the pirate-infested area, a defense ministry official said Monday.
- Bills pushing F-16 sale to Taiwan clear U.S. congressional committee CNA 18 Nov 2011 -- A U.S. congressional committee adopted two bills pushing for the sale of new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan and closer ties with the country.
- Taiwan to follow Japan's troop deployment on southernmost island CNA 18 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan will watch closely whether Japan deploys self-defense troops on the country's southernmost Yonaguni Island, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said.
- Taiwan Defense ministry censured over spying case CNA 18 Nov 2011 -- The Control Yuan censured the Ministry of National Defense and the Army Command Headquarters for poor supervision of a former general.
- Taiwan-China Peace Accord Unlikely VOA 17 Nov 2011 -- The Taiwanese official in charge of the ministry overseeing policy with Beijing says her government lacks trust in China to pursue a peace accord.
- Report about Taiwan patrol in Indian Ocean not confirmed CNA 17 Nov 2011 -- Authorities would not confirm or deny report that the Taiwan Navy organized a fleet that will patrol the Indian Ocean to protect fishing boats.
- Air force jets conduct low approach drill on highway CNA 17 Nov 2011 -- Fighter jets and helicopters completed low approach training maneuvers on a highway strip in southern Taiwan.
- Taiwan prepares to start drill on Pingtung highway CNA 14 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan's armed forces staged a rehearsal for a military drill that will be held for the first time on the Chia Tung Highway Strip.
- U.S. State Department clarifies immunity to Taiwan representatives CNA 12 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan's representatives in the United States enjoy immunity only for acts performed within the scope of their authorized functions, according to a U.S. Department of State spokesman Saturday.
- Taiwan-China travel restrictions loosened further (update) CNA 10 Nov 2011 -- China has decided to further ease travel restrictions to allow more Chinese tourists to visit Taiwan, officials from both sides said Thursday.
- China urged to renounce use of force against Taiwan CNA 10 Nov 2011 -- Mainland China should renounce the use of force against Taiwan to show goodwill and pave the way for signing a peace accord or establishing confidence-building measures (CBM) across the Taiwan Strait, a visiting Taiwanese official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan dismisses delay in U.S. delivery of helicopters CNA 10 Nov 2011 -- A U.S. sale of Black Hawk helicopters to Taiwan, approved by President Barack Obama in 2010, is proceeding according to the terms of the contract, a Taiwanese defense official said Thursday, dismissing a media report to the contrary.
- Taiwan's arms needs should be better met: U.S. senator CNA 10 Nov 2011 -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn said Wednesday that he did not think that the administrative branch of his country's government had fully observed the U.S.' commitment to provide Taiwan with efficient weaponry systems to meet its defense needs.
- Taiwan to complete long-range surveillance radar program next year CNA 10 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan will complete a long-range surveillance radar system next year, a move to boost the nation's air defenses in the face of military threat from China, officials said Thursday.
- Air force drill to be held for first time on Pingtung highway CNA 09 Nov 2011 -- Taiwan's air force will practice aircraft landings and takeoffs on a Pingtung County highway for the first time, during a military drill that begins Nov. 14, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.
- President touts special 'cross-strait model' CNA 03 Nov 2011 -- President Ma: Government is developing ties with mainland China according to a special "cross-Taiwan Strait model."
- Third victim in arsenal blast dies CNA 03 Nov 2011 -- Another victim succumbed Thursday to severe burns from the Oct. 28 arsenal explosion in Yilan County.
- President rules out license renewal for existing nuclear plants CNA 03 Nov 2011 -- President Ma said the country's three existing nuclear power plants would cease to be operational after their licences expire.
- 1st unit of 4th nuclear plant to be online by 2015: Taipower CNA 03 Nov 2011 -- The first reactor at the yet-to-be-completed fourth nuclear power plant will begin commercial operation by 2015.
- Security task force for presidential election candidates formed CNA 03 Nov 2011 -- A 135-member security task force was formed that the nation's top security official said will ensure that all presidential candidates and their running mates can campaign in safety.
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