Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan conducts more live-fire drills in recent years: minister CNA 30 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan has conducted more military exercises and live-fire drills in recent years to strengthen the country's defense capabilities.
- Taiwan's China policy may cause regional defense changes: former envoy CNA 29 Apr 2012 -- A former Taiwanese diplomat said Sunday that President Ma Ying-jeou's China policy could lead the United States and Japan to alter their defense strategies in the Asian region.
- U.S. will consider selling new jet fighters to Taiwan: White House CNA 28 Apr 2012 -- The United States will consider a proposal to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan as one of the options to resolving the disparity in numbers of such aircraft across the Taiwan Strait, the White House said Friday.
- Defense ministry welcomes U.S. position on new jet fighters CNA 28 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan welcomes any action that would help enhance its defense capabilities, the Ministry of National Defense said Saturday after learning that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama had promised to consider selling new jet fighters to Taiwan to help redress the disparity in air power across the Taiwan Strait.
- Defense ministry denies use of cell phones during military exercise CNA 24 Apr 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday denied accusations that troops engaged in a recent military exercise had used cells phones to contact each other, in violation of the rules.
- Taiwan declines to comment on report of U.S. sale of frigates CNA 22 Apr 2012 -- The Republic of China Navy declined Sunday to comment on a report in local media that the United States will sell Taiwan four frigates to help rejuvenate the country's aging fleet.
- China's Taiwan affairs team to be reshuffled, policy unchanged CNA 21 Apr 2012 -- China will reshuffle its panel of officials dealing with Taiwan affairs following the country's leadership transition that will begin this autumn, but its policy toward Taiwan is not expected to change for the foreseeable future, a local scholar said Saturday.
- President wraps up inspection of military exercise CNA 20 Apr 2012 -- President Ma wrapped up his inspection of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises with a quick tour of a military site in Taoyuan.
- Activists call for shutdown of aging nuclear power plant CNA 20 Apr 2012 -- Concerned about the safety of an aging nuclear power plant in northern Taiwan, environmentalists called for the suspension of operations at the facility.
- Taiwan's anti-paratroop combat capability tested in annual drill CNA 19 Apr 2012 -- An exercise to test Taiwan's anti-paratroop combat readiness was conducted in northern Taiwan.
- Taiwan-made landing craft makes first appearance at annual drill CNA 19 Apr 2012 -- The military conducted two drills on beaches in southern Taiwan, with one of them featuring a newly-deployed locally made landing craft for the first time in an exercise.
- Taiwanese businessman questioned on suspicion of spying for China CNA 18 Apr 2012 -- A Taiwanese businessman was questioned by Taiwan's Investigation Bureau on suspicion of spying for China.
- Taiwan debuts self-made drone in war games CNA 18 Apr 2012 -- A drone aircraft developed by Taiwan was debuted during the annual Han Kuang exercises, the country's most important war games involving its three branches of armed forces.
- Disputed Tiaoyutai Islands not for sale: Interior Ministry CNA 18 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands is unquestionable, and the Tokyo governor's remark that his city intends to purchase the archipelago is nothing more than the governor's personal opinion.
- Taiwan President Wraps Up Tour of Africa VOA 18 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's president wrapped up a 12-day, 3-country tour of Africa aimed at reaffirming Taipei's diplomatic links to the continent in the face of Beijing's increasing influence in Africa.
- New Report Examines the History and Implications of Chinese Reactions to Taiwan Arms Sales US-Taiwan Business Council/Project 2049 Institute 17 Apr 2012
- Military defends decision not to hold live fire exercises CNA 17 Apr 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense again defended its decision not to include live-fire drills in the annual Han Kuang exercises this year.
- Taiwan says North Korea rocket launch regrettable CNA 13 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that North Korea's rocket launch was regrettable and called for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
- North Korea rocket launch fails, poses no threat: military CNA 13 Apr 2012 -- North Korea's rocket launch failed and did not cause any damage to neighboring countries, Defense Ministry spokesman Luo Shou-he said Friday.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on North Korean satellite launch CNA 12 Apr 2012 -- The military has formed a joint emergency response center to closely monitor developments in a North Korean satellite launch plan, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday.
- Taiwan navy ships enter Indonesia with flags flying CNA 11 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's Fleet of Friendship naval ships entered an Indonesian port with national flag flying, in accordancewith international practice, the Navy Command Headquarters clarified Wednesday in a statement.
- Taiwan declines to comment on report of new missile development CNA 10 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan's defense ministry declined to comment Tuesday on a foreign report that it is planning to develop a new type of anti-ship missile.
- Taiwan still focused on controversy over name at WHO CNA 10 Apr 2012 -- Taiwan is keeping pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) over a leaked memo that asked WHO agencies to refer to Taiwan as a province of China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday, a year after the document was made public by a local lawmaker.
- North Korean rocket launch will not affect Taiwan: Defense Ministry CNA 10 Apr 2012 -- A planned launch by North Korea of a research satellite set to take place between April 12 and April 16 is not expected to affect Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday, although it added that it is preparing for any contingency.
- Ma unhappy with Taiwan's progress in international affairs CNA 09 Apr 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday in Burkina Faso that there is still much work to do to narrow differences between Taiwan and China and to remove constraints that prevent Taiwan from participating in international activities.
- Cross-strait talks to be held in Taipei CNA 06 Apr 2012 -- The next round of cross-Taiwan Strait talks scheduled for the first half of the year will be held in Taipei.
- Taiwan: 'One country, two areas' does not change status quo CNA 06 Apr 2012 -- The controversial "one country, two areas" concept recently stated by a high-ranking ruling Kuomintang official reflects the government's long-standing position.
- Upgraded PAC-2 missiles delivered to Taiwan: defense minister CNA 05 Apr 2012 -- Defense Minister Kao: Upgrade of Patriot PAC-2 missile defense systems has been completed and the missiles sent back to Taiwan.
- Taiwan: Military trimming not complete until 2015 CNA 04 Apr 2012 -- The streamlining of Taiwan's military will extend to 2015, one year later than scheduled, due to the delayed passage of relevant laws.
- VP-elect sets three conditions for cross-strait political dialogue CNA 02 Apr 2012 -- Republic of China (Taiwan) Vice President-elect Wu Den-yih on Monday gave three conditions for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to engage in political dialogue.
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