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March 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan reaffirms its stance on South China Sea CNA 31 Mar 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday reaffirmed its position on the South China Sea amid reports that the Philippines will build a wharf on one of the islands in the disputed Spratly Islands chain.
- Taiwan strategically important to U.S. defense: experts CNA 29 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan is strategically important to the United States' defense and should not be ignored by the U.S. government, experts at a hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
- Defense ministry stands firm on Lin Yifu issue CNA 28 Mar 2012 -- The defense ministry remains firm on the decision that Lin Yifu, a former Taiwanese army officer who fled to China years ago and is now a vice president of the World Bank, will be arrested and dealt with according to law if he returns to Taiwan, a ministry official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan needs U.S. assistance to build submarines: military report CNA 28 Mar 2012 -- If Taiwan decides to start building its own military submarines, it will require technological assistance from the United States, according to a Ministry of National Defense (MND) report released Wednesday.
- 'One country, two areas' is based on ROC Constitution: Ma CNA 28 Mar 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that since 20 years ago, the concept of 'one country, two areas' has been clearly stated in the Republic of China's Constitution.
- President vows continued efforts to improve U.S. ties CNA 27 Mar 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday his administration will continue working hard to improve relations with the United States while pursuing peace and prosperity in its engagements across the Taiwan Strait.
- 'One country, two areas' concept unlikely to become policy: NSB CNA 26 Mar 2012 -- The concept of 'one country, two areas' as a basis for cross-Taiwan Strait relations is unlikely to be formulated into a national policy, the head of the National Security Bureau (NSB) said Monday.
- Quality more important than quantity in military service: experts CNA 25 Mar 2012 -- The government needs to focus more on the quality of future military recruits than on their total number, a group of scholars said Sunday in a forum held to address Taiwan's current defense status and prospects.
- Taiwanese, Chinese militaries urged to start interaction CNA 25 Mar 2012 -- The relaxation in cross-Taiwan Strait tension in recent years offers chances for interaction between Taiwan's military and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), a scholar said Sunday.
- Taiwan seen well-poised to jointly develop advanced navigation system CNA 23 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan and Europe could jointly tackle the growing market for a new satellite navigation system, given Taiwan’s strength in the field of electronics and semiconductors.
- Lawmakers concerned over budget for all-volunteer military CNA 22 Mar 2012 -- Lawmakers expressed concern about whether Taiwan can transform its compulsory military service system to a full volunteer service.
- Taiwan denies report of visits to Europe for submarine development CNA 19 Mar 2012 -- Navy officials said that Taiwan is still seeking to obtain submarines from the United States.
- Humidity blamed for split U.S.-made missile radomes in Taiwan CNA 19 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan's wet climate has been identified as the main cause of splits in the radomes of some of the U.S.-made missiles.
- Taiwan's annual Han Kuang exercises not to include live-fire drills CNA 14 Mar 2012 -- Live-fire drills will not be included in the annual Han Kuang series of exercises to begin next month, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu clarified Wednesday, saying that the ministry has a live-fire exercise planned for another time.
- Navy questions CSBC's capability to build submarines CNA 14 Mar 2012 -- A senior Navy officer on Wednesday questioned a local ship builder's capability to build submarines for the Armed Forces, saying the company's briefing material shows it is not ready to take on such a project.
- Taiwan to weigh Chinese premier's wish to visit CNA 14 Mar 2012 -- The Taiwan government will carefully consider whether to issue a permit to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who has expressed an interest in visiting Taiwan after he retires, a senior official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan reasserts sovereignty over Spratlys amid Philippines oil plans CNA 13 Mar 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, just days after the Philippines expressed the intention to invite investors to co-explore oil and gas in waters off the disputed archipelago.
- Taiwan to launch annual military drill amid China's growing threat CNA 13 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan is gearing up for large-scale annual military drills involving its three services to strengthen the country's defense capabilities amid a growing threat from China, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
- VAC to propose supporting measures for voluntary military service CNA 12 Mar 2012 -- The Cabinet-level Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC) will soon propose supporting measures for a voluntary military service system that will replace the existing compulsory system in 2015, Veterans Affairs Minister Tseng Jing-ling said Monday.
- China's next leader has best understanding of Taiwan: NSB head CNA 10 Mar 2012 -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is set to become China's next leader, has the best understanding of Taiwan among China's top echelons, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Der-sheng said in a recent interview with CNA that was published Saturday.
- Taiwan's intelligence services should work with other countries CNA 10 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan's intelligence networks must seek to work with neighboring countries on common interests, a goal that could be achieved through an information-sharing mechanism and a process that could help the country maximize its strategic value, the head of the National Security Bureau (NSB) said in a recent interview.
- Taiwan not aligned with China over Tiaoyutai islands: MOFA CNA 07 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan will not align itself with China over the Tiaoyutai Islands and will handle the matter based on national interests, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
- MAC reiterates sovereignty and independence of ROC CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- The Republic of China (ROC) is a sovereign and independent nation and maintaining cross-Taiwan Strait peace is the responsibility of both sides, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday as China reiterated its opposition to Taiwan's independence.
- KMT welcomes proposal for Taiwan-China relations CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- A senior ruling Kuomintang (KMT) official on China affairs said Monday that the party welcomes the continuing warm ties between Taiwan and China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to expand cross-Taiwan Strait relations this year.
- Taiwan should strengthen deterrence capabilities: scholar CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- Constrained by a limited defense budget, Taiwan should strengthen its deterrence capabilities but also maintain friendly ties with China to lower the possibility of a war across the Taiwan Strait, an international affairs scholar said Monday.
- Taiwan repeats Tiaoyutai claim following naming by Japan, China CNA 03 Mar 2012 -- Taiwan reiterated Saturday its sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands following the naming of several uninhabited islets in the East China Sea chain by Japan and China.
- U.S. mulling timetable on senior official's Taiwan visit CNA 03 Mar 2012 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) said Friday that it is studying possible options on when Under Secretary Francisco Sanchez will visit Taiwan in the future.
- Possibility for cross-strait conflicts lower: U.S. commander CNA 03 Mar 2012 -- Adm. Robert F. Willard, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said on Friday that the possibility of conflicts erupting between Taiwan and China has dropped and that this trend will likely continue, especially after President Ma Ying-jeou was recently reelected.
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