Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
June 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan to give The Gambia three patrol boats CNA 28 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan will give its West African diplomatic ally The Gambia three more patrol boats to help strengthen its naval defenses, with the delivery set to take place early next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
- Taiwan 'very careful' on South China Sea issues: U.S. official CNA 28 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan is being cautious in its handling of issues related to the disputed South China Sea, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
- MOFA summons Japanese officials over Tiaoyutais dispute CNA 27 Jun 2012 -- Foreign Minister Timothy Yang reiterated Wednesday Taiwan's sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands and said his ministry has summoned Japanese officials stationed in Taiwan to stress Taiwan's stance.
- Taiwan rejects Japan's protest over Tiaoyutais row CNA 26 Jun 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Tuesday after the Japanese authorities demanded that a Taiwanese coastal patrol boat leave the waters around the islands.
- Sparrow missiles excluded from live-fire exercises CNA 26 Jun 2012 -- Sparrow missiles will not be deployed in a planned live-fire missile exercise next month, military spokesman Luo Shou-he confirmed Tuesday, pointing out that there is no rule that stipulates the missile types the military must put on show in such displays.
- Taiwan reviewing U.S. proposal for F-16 A/Bs upgrade CNA 25 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan is reviewing a proposal submitted by the United States for the retrofit of Taiwan's F-16 A/B jet fighters, military officials said Monday.
- U.S. assures quality of military equipment after report of fake parts CNA 24 Jun 2012 -- The United States has assured Taiwan of the quality of weapons it sells to other countries, weeks after a U.S. Senate report found that the use of bogus Chinese electronic parts in American military equipment was widespread, Taiwan's military said Sunday.
- China upgrades eavesdropping on Taiwan: report CNA 19 Jun 2012 -- China has upgraded a key eavesdropping site in southeastern Fujian province opposite Taiwan.
- Taiwan's air force to commission 3 Europe-made rescue choppers CNA 18 Jun 2012 -- The Air Force is set to commission three search-and-rescue helicopters purchased from Europe into service in July.
- Taiwan reactor to start running again after defective bolts repaired CNA 18 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council approved a proposal by Taipower to resume operations of a nuclear reactor found to have defective anchor bolts earlier this year.
- Navy to retire six-decade-old ship CNA 17 Jun 2012 -- The Republic of China Navy will retire one of its vessels, which had been earlier scheduled to be scrapped before it entered Taiwanese military service in 1987, military officials said in Taipei Sunday.
- U.S. exempts Taiwan from Iran oil sanctions CNA 12 Jun 2012 -- The United States will exempt seven economies, including Taiwan, from economic sanctions over Iran oil, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday.
- Taiwan paying close attention to U.N. arms treaty: foreign ministry CNA 12 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan is paying close attention to developments leading up to the negotiation of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) among United Nations member countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday, amid worries expressed by scholars that the treaty could make it difficult for the United States to sell weapons to Taiwan.
- Military confirms organization of summer Nansha Camp CNA 12 Jun 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense confirmed Tuesday that it will organize a summer camp on Nansha Island, a program under its annual military summer camps.
- Taiwan investigating case of missing laptop CNA 11 Jun 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense said that it has formed a task force to investigate a recent case in which a laptop went missing from a missile boat.
- Taiwan keeping eye on sea trials of China's aircraft carrier CNA 10 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan is paying close attention to the development of China's first aircraft carrier, including its sea trails, a defense official said Sunday as the trails have reportedly become more frequent recently.
- Taiwan holds live-fire exercise CNA 07 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan held a live-fire joint-forces exercise in the southern county of Pingtung, one of the military's regular practices to test the country's defense capabilities.
- U.S. report warns of threats from China's military modernization CNA 06 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan should do more to resist China's military threat, the Washington-based think tank American Enterprise Institute suggested.
- Taiwan denies report on likely cancellation of aircraft plan CNA 06 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense denied a local report that it will mull calling off plans to adopt Taiwan-made unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Taiwan Pres hopes for human rights improvement in China CNA 04 Jun 2012 -- President Ma issued a statement to mark the 23rd anniversary of China's 1989 Tiananmen massacre.
- President to inspect live-fire military exercises CNA 04 Jun 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou will make an inspection tour of a live-fire joint-forces exercise scheduled for later this week in southern Taiwan.
- Taiwan welcomes increased deployment of U.S. warships in Asia CNA 03 Jun 2012 -- Taiwan welcomes the United States' recent commitment to shift a greater number of warships to the Asia-Pacific region over the next few years, a defense official said Sunday.
- Defense Ministry mulls rejecting post-disaster cleanup requests CNA 03 Jun 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense said Sunday it will consider turning down future requests by local governments to help with post-disaster relief missions such as cleanup jobs to lower expenses and stick to the military's defense duties.
- U.S. defense secretary praises improvement of cross-strait ties CNA 02 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised warming relations between Taiwan and China Saturday in a speech explaining the United States' new defense strategy and its shift in emphasis to the Asia-Pacific region.
- Cross-strait ties to remain stable after China's leadership change: Ma CNA 01 Jun 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that whoever becomes the next leader of China will not want to see current cross-strait ties, which he described as the most stable in six decades, undergo significant changes.
- 'One ROC, two areas' allows peaceful cross-strait dialogue: MAC CNA 01 Jun 2012 -- The notion of 'one Republic of China, two areas' reflects the political reality and has served as the basis of peaceful cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Chang Hsien-yao, deputy head ofthe Mainland Affairs Council said Friday.
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