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December 2011 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Males born after 1994 to be exempt from military service (update) CNA 30 Dec 2011 -- Taiwanese males born after Jan. 1, 1994 are to be exempted from the current one-year compulsory military service, but should undergo a mandatory four-month military training period upon reaching conscription age, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Friday.
- Taiwan monitoring China's new satellite navigation system: MND CNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Taiwan is closely monitoring the development of China's new satellite-based navigation system and will take responsive measures amid concerns over a possible security threat, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday.
- U.S. has not raised price of arms package: MND CNA 28 Dec 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied Wednesday that the United States government has asked Taiwan to pay US$2 billion more for a recently approved military aircraft retrofit package.
- Naval ships built with Taiwan-U.S. collaboration decommissioned CNA 28 Dec 2011 -- A decommission ceremony for two naval vessels built with collaboration with the United States took place Wednesday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, witnessed by the ships' crew and their families.
- Taiwan reportedly to complete air defense upgrade by 2012 CNA 28 Dec 2011 -- An ongoing military project to strengthen Taiwan's air defense at airports will be completed by the end of next year, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
- Ma promotes 30 officers to ranks of major/lieutenant general CNA 25 Dec 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has approved the promotion of 30 military officers to the ranks of major general or lieutenant general with effect from Jan. 1, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Sunday.
- Army to tighten security at bases after brawl in Kinmen CNA 22 Dec 2011 -- Taiwan's army said Thursday it would tighten security at military bases nationwide, one day after a bloody civilian-military brawl at a military facility on the outlying island of Kinmen.
- Kinmen Commander apologizes for military-civilian brawl CNA 21 Dec 2011 -- The head of the Kinmen Defense Command apologized Wednesday for a military-civilian brawl in which nine officers and enlisted men stationed on the outlying island were injured in the early hours of that morning.
- Taiwan suspends missile tests in wake of Kim Jong Il's death CNA 20 Dec 2011 -- Taiwan's military has suspended its regular missile and artillery tests in response to the death of the North Korean leader and will stay alert to the situation on the Korean peninsula, a military official said Tuesday.
- 6% of military personnel unable to return home to vote CNA 20 Dec 2011 -- Around 13,000 military personnel will not be able to return to their household registration residences to cast their ballots in the Jan. 14 national elections because they will be unable to leave their posts, Ministry of National Defense spokesman David Lo said Tuesday.
- MOFA forms task forces following North Korean leader's death CNA 19 Dec 2011 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has formed special task forces in response to the death of the North Korean leader to keep a close eye on developments on the Korean Peninsula and security in East Asia, an official said Monday.
- No official response from MAC on death of North Korean leader CNA 19 Dec 2011 -- Taiwan's agency tasked with handling matters related to China declined Monday to comment on whether the death of North Korea leader Kim Jong ll will affect cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
- President calls for calm over North Korean leader's death CNA 19 Dec 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that the people of Taiwan need not be panicked by the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as it is not expected to have a strong impact on Taiwan's diplomacy or defenses in the short term.
- Taiwan watching situation after North Korean leader's death: Ma CNA 19 Dec 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday the government will closely monitor developments on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, but he did not expect Kim's death to have a major impact on Taiwan.
- Two upgraded early warning aircraft returned from U.S. CNA 18 Dec 2011 -- Two early warning aircraft that were sent to the United State in June last year for upgrades have been returned and will be tested soon, military sources said Sunday.
- Raytheon Awarded $685.7 Million for New Patriot Systems for Taiwan Raytheon 16 Dec 2011 -- Raytheon Company has received a $685.7 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for additional new fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan.
- Chinese officials warn of perils of denying '1992 consensus' CNA 16 Dec 2011 -- Chinese officials reaffirmed that "the 1992 consensus" is the bedrock of cross-Taiwan Strait consultations.
- Taiwan candidates against prolonging life of nuclear plants CNA 15 Dec 2011 -- All three of Taiwan's presidential candidates agree that life of the country's operational nuclear power plants should not be extended.
- Taiwan yet to decide when to end conscription system CNA 14 Dec 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense working to make the transition from the current conscription system to a volunteer system.
- U.S. official impressed by Taiwan's nuclear safety measures CNA 14 Dec 2011 -- The visiting US deputy secretary of energy said he is impressed by Taiwan's efforts to maintain nuclear safety.
- Taiwan passes amendment to military service act CNA 13 Dec 2011 -- The Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Act of Military Service System.
- Taiwan Army blog helps solve communication problems CNA 13 Dec 2011 -- A blog launched to assist communication between enlisted men and their commanding officers has helped solve dozens of problems.
- U.S. continues close cooperation with Taiwan on nuclear energy CNA 13 Dec 2011 -- The United States will continue its long and close cooperation with Taiwan in the field of nuclear energy.
- U.S. backs Taiwan's participation in global atomic energy agency CNA 13 Dec 2011 -- The United States supports Taiwan in its bid to participate in the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- No injuries reported in helicopter crash CNA 12 Dec 2011 -- An army attack helicopter plunged to the ground during a regular training flight in central Taiwan, causing no casualties to its crew of two.
- Ex-soldier gets 18-year sentence for 1996 rape-murder CNA 12 Dec 2011 -- Former air force serviceman Hsu Jung-chou was sentenced for a rape and murder that another conscript was wrongfully executed for in 1997.
- Presidential candidates fight over ways to keep peace with China CNA 03 Dec 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou accused his main presidential election rival, Tsai Ing-wen, Saturday of failing to recognize the '1992 consensus,' a move that Ma said will destabilize Taiwan's ties with China.
- '1992 consensus' remains key to cross-strait negotiations: SEF CNA 02 Dec 2011 -- The "1992 consensus" between Taiwan and China will continue to be the principle of future cross-strait negotiations.
- SEF chairman re-elected, vows to boost cross-strait ties CNA 02 Dec 2011 -- Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung: Will do his utmost during his new term to further boost rapprochement.
- Taiwan, U.S. discuss anti-piracy cooperation CNA 02 Dec 2011 -- Officials from the United States were in Taiwan this week to discuss counter-piracy measures, the American Institute in Taiwan said.
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