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May 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- ROC Constitution basis of cross-strait ties: president CNA 31 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday his administration's definition of cross-Taiwan Strait relations as 'one Republic of China, two areas' is based on the ROC Constitution.
- F-35 fighters best suit Taiwan's air defense needs: official CNA 29 May 2012 -- F-35 stealth fighters are the new-generation combat aircraft that best serve Taiwan's air defense needs, a military official said Tuesday, the latest hint that the government may not be as keen to acquire advanced F-16 C/D fighters as once thought.
- Ministry to mull fitting cruise missiles on planned warships CNA 29 May 2012 -- Taiwan's Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will mull the possibility of fitting indigenous cruise missiles on the warships the country plans to build at home, one day after lawmakers passed a proposal asking the ministry to consider such a move.
- Taiwan's Opposition Leader Seeks Flexible Ties with China VOA 29 May 2012 -- The new chairman of Taiwan's normally anti-Beijing opposition party is urging a flexible working relationship with China. That stance by the head of the Democratic Progressive Party could bring a thaw to a history of icy relations between Taiwan and China.
- Taiwan aware of new Chinese military airport in Fujian CNA 26 May 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense said Saturday that it is aware of a new Chinese military airport in the southeastern province of Fujian and will take appropriate measuresto ensure Taiwan's safety.
- Cruise missiles should be fitted on planned warships: lawmaker CNA 28 May 2012 -- The warships that Taiwan plans to build, starting with a prototype in 2014, should be equipped with indigenous cruise missiles, a lawmaker suggested Monday.
- Spratly Island workshops to be held in summer: military CNA 28 May 2012 -- Two academic workshops will be held in a disputed area of the South China Sea this summer, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday.
- Taiwan seeking U.S. response to counterfeit defense parts row CNA 28 May 2012 -- Taiwan is asking the United States to explain why bogus electronic parts, many from China, have found their way into its military equipment, a defense official said Monday, after a U.S. Senate report found the problem to be widespread.
- U.S. expresses support for president's cross-strait policy CNA 24 May 2012 -- The United States welcomes a warming of cross-Taiwan Strait ties and will support President Ma Ying-jeou's continued efforts to advance relations with China in his second term, a White House official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan hopes upgraded fighters will be on par with F-16C/Ds CNA 24 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday he hopes the country's F-16A/B jet fighter fleet, which is being upgraded in the U.S., will have capabilities similar to those of the more advanced F-16C/D model.
- Taiwan eying revision of some cross-strait laws: official CNA 24 May 2012 -- The Mainland Affairs Council said Thursday it has been seeking information from the relevant authorities for the past two months with a view to looking at possible revision of the laws on Taiwan-China affairs.
- No problem of trust between two sides of strait: MAC CNA 24 May 2012 -- Cross-strait relations remain the same and no trust concerns have been raised following President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration address, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said Thursday.
- Taiwan designs its own digital military camouflage uniform CNA 23 May 2012 -- Culminating a project to design its own military camouflage clothing, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has chosen one of four uniforms developed to be used for its three forces, ministry officials said Tuesday.
- Chinese official wants smooth cross-strait relations CNA 22 May 2012 -- A visiting high-ranking Chinese official involved with Taiwan affairs declined to comment Tuesday on President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural speech, but expressed hope that relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can progress smoothly.
- U.S. military aircraft's brief sojourn in Taiwan 'routine': AIT CNA 22 May 2012 -- The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday it is not unprecedented for a U.S. military aircraft to stay over in Taiwan, referring to an Air Force plane that brought a U.S. congressional delegation to Taipei and was parked at a local airport for two nights.
- Visiting U.S. congresswoman seeking weapons for Taiwan CNA 22 May 2012 -- Visiting U.S. congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told students in Taipei Tuesday that she and some Congress members are pushing the Barack Obama administration to give Taiwan better military weapons to protect itself.
- Taiwan will not work with China on South China Sea issues: official CNA 21 May 2012 -- It is impossible that Taiwan will cooperate with China on issues related to the disputed South China Sea region at present, an official told lawmakers Monday.
- U.S. congress to continue pushing for advanced arms sales to Taiwan CNA 21 May 2012 -- The United States Congress will continue to push for sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan to meet its defense needs, a senior congresswoman pledged in Taipei Monday.
- High-ranking Chinese official on Taiwan affairs makes low-key visit CNA 21 May 2012 -- A Chinese deputy minister for Taiwan affairs, Ye Kedong, arrived in Taipei Monday for a visit at the invitation of the National Policy Foundation, a ruling Kuomintang think tank.
- New leadership in Beijing unlikely to change course on Taiwan: MAC CNA 21 May 2012 -- China is expected to maintain its general approach to cross-Taiwan Strait policies when its fifth generation leader takes power, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a report Monday.
- Ma reaffirms Taiwan's sovereignty over South China Sea islands CNA 20 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday reaffirmed Taiwan's sovereignty in the South China Sea, vowing to adopt peaceful approaches to resolving territorial disputes amid growing tensions in the region.
- Ma sworn into office for second term CNA 20 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn into office for his second term on Sunday, vowing to achieve peace, justice and happiness for Taiwan and ensure continued improved ties with China.
- Full text of President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural address CNA 20 May 2012 -- The following is the full text of President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural address.
- New Cabinet sworn in CNA 20 May 2012 -- Premier Sean Chen and his Cabinet were sworn-in Sunday by President Ma Ying-jeou, who urged them to remember the people's discontent with the administration's recent policies.
- Taiwan to continue building streamlined, sturdy defense: president CNA 20 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated Taiwan's goal to build a streamlined but sturdy defense force, in his inaugural address Sunday at the start of his second term in office.
- President says no urgency for peace pact with China CNA 20 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday there is no urgency at the moment for Taiwan to negotiate a peace pact with China.
- Taiwan President Pledges Close Ties With China VOA 20 May 2012 -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou began his second term in office on Sunday with a forecast for deeper relations with old rival China. But he said a formal peace accord was not urgent. His comments came amid two days of street demonstrations.
- Taiwan needs more advanced high-performance jets: defense ministry CNA 19 May 2012 -- Taiwan needs high-performance jet fighters that are more advanced than its existing fleet, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday, after it was reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted in agreement to sell F-16 C/D jets to Taiwan to address the disparity in air power across the Taiwan Strait.
- U.S. House votes to sell 66 new fighter jets to Taiwan CNA 19 May 2012 -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday in favor of the government selling 66 new fighter-jets to Taiwan to help the island close its military gap with China.
- U.S. report on China's military build-up a 'reminder': defense ministry CNA 19 May 2012 -- An assessment report recently released by the U.S. Pentagon on China's growing military strength serves as a reminder that Taiwan should boost its military power, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Saturday.
- U.S. delegation upbeat about continued cooperation with Taiwan CNA 19 May 2012 -- Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley said Saturday that he expects Taipei and Washington to continueeconomic and political cooperation in President Ma Ying-jeou's second term.
- U.S. Congress to debate sale of F-16 fighters to Taiwan CNA 18 May 2012 -- The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate Thursday and Friday a proposal to provide Taiwan with new F-16 fighter jets, Rep. Phil Gingrey said.
- Taiwan-China affairs laws need reform: president CNA 18 May 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that current laws on cross-Taiwan Strait affairs need an overhaul amid the changing relations between Taiwan and China.
- Supersonic missile key to Taiwan's defense against China CNA 16 May 2012 -- Taiwan's locally developed supersonic anti-ship missile enhances the country's defense capabilities.
- Taiwan Military personnel need approval to engage with Chinese CNA 16 May 2012 -- Military personnel should report and obtain advance approval for any engagements they have with Chinese people.
- Taiwan to build prototype missile frigate CNA 15 May 2012 -- A local shipbuilding company has been commissioned to build a prototype missile frigate for Taiwan.
- Report on China says Beijing's Taiwan policy still focused on trade CNA 15 May 2012 -- China's policy on Taiwan will continue to focus mainly on trade and economic exchanges this year while stressing stability at home and energy partnerships with other countries abroad.
- Taiwan to be rated in new international index on defense integrity CNA 13 May 2012 -- Taiwan will be rated in a new index on government defense integrity compiled by the Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) that gauges 80 countries, the Taiwan branch of the global organization against corruption said recently.
- Taiwan reasserts sovereignty over Taiping amid Vietnam protest CNA 10 May 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reasserted Taiwan's sovereignty over Taiping Island, a disputed island in the South China Sea, shortly after Vietnam protested against Taiwanese officials paying a visit there.
- Taiwan urges U.S. to continue arms sales CNA 08 May 2012 -- The United States is urged to continue supplying Taiwan with defensive weapons, which will help maintain the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's defense ministry said Tuesday, one day after a meeting between U.S. and Chinese defense ministers.
- Taiwan closely monitoring Chinese naval vessels CNA 08 May 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense is closely monitoring a fleet of Chinese naval vessels currently in international waters southeast of Taiwan proper, said the ministry's spokesman Luo Shou-he Tuesday.
- Ministry reiterates mission to train coast guards in South China Sea CNA 07 May 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense is training coast guards stationed in the disputed South China Sea region to improve their combat readiness, an official reiterated Monday in response to a report about plans to redeploy troops in the area.
- Taiwan receives U.S. letter of answer for F-16A/B upgrade CNA 05 May 2012 -- Taiwan's Air Force Command Headquarters said Saturday that it has received a letter of answer from the United States concerning Taiwan's request to upgrade its F-16 jet fighter fleet.
- Taiwan to be briefed on Chinese defense minister's U.S. visit CNA 03 May 2012 -- The United States will update Taiwan on Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's visit to Washington, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
- No Taiwan-China collaboration in South China Sea: official CNA 03 May 2012 -- The island groups in the South China Sea are inherent parts of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and there will be no cooperation between Taiwan and China in the area.
- Taiwan rejects idea of deploying missiles in S. China Sea CNA 03 May 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense turned down the idea of Taiwan redeploying short-range air defense missiles in a disputed area in the South China Sea.
- Defense Ministry apologizes for soldier's suicide CNA 03 May 2012 -- Deputy Defense Minister Chao Shih-chang said that he felt misery and regret about the suicide of a military police conscript who killed himself while standing guard at the Presidential Office earlier in the day.
- Taiwan needs advanced F-16 C/D jets: defense official CNA 02 May 2012 -- Taiwan needs advanced F-16 C/D jet fighters, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said.
- U.S. concerned about Taiwan's military strategy on Taiping: lawmaker CNA 02 May 2012 -- The United States has expressed "mild concern" over a proposal for Taiwan to deploy missiles on Taiping Island.
- Taiwan Lawmakers urge deployment of more military might on Taiping Island CNA 02 May 2012 -- Legislators urged the government to deploy more weaponry to Taiping Island, days after they toured the island.
- Taiwan to mull letter of request for purchase of F-16C/Ds: official CNA 01 May 2012 -- Taiwan will continue to negotiate with the United States on the sale of F-16C/D jet fighters.
- Now's the time for Taiwan to request F-16 C/Ds: council head CNA 01 May 2012 -- The time is right for Taiwan to request price and availability data for F-16 C/D fighters again, the head of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council said.
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