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August 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan-Japan fishery talks to highlight fishing rights CNA 14 Oct 2012 -- The Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture said Sunday that it will protect the fishing rights and traditional fishing grounds of local fishermen at fishery talks with Japan that could be resumed in November, despite the ongoing territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands.
- Senior Taiwan officials visit Taiping Island to assert sovereignty CNA 31 Aug 2012 -- A group of senior officials, including National Security Council Secretary-General Hu Wei-chen, visited Taiping Island in the South China Sea.
- Taiwan believes U.S. has no stance on disputed Tiaoyutais CNA 30 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan believes the United States' decision to officially use the Japanese name for the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands is unrelated to the islands' sovereignty and does not signify a U.S. stance.
- U.S. presidential candidate supports arm sales, Taiwan Relations Act CNA 29 Aug 2012 -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports the Taiwan Relations Act and is opposed to President Barack Obama's stance of not selling Taiwan advanced F-16 C/D jet fighters.
- Taiwan, Japan have dialogue mechanism for Tiaoyutais: minister CNA 29 Aug 2012 -- Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said that Taiwan and Japan already have a mechanism for dialogue on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan dismisses Tokyo governor's 'unilateral' claim to Tiaoyutais CNA 28 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan does not recognize any unilateral move or argument by Japanese officials on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan: Nationalism unwelcome over Tiaoyutais dispute CNA 23 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan hopes the tension in the East China Sea will not continue to grow as a result of nationalism amid the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands.
- New navigation antenna to be erected on Taiping Island in September CNA 22 Aug 2012 -- Construction of a new navigation antenna on Republic of China-controlled Taiping Island is set to be finished in September.
- President Ma suggests taking Tiaoyutai disputes to international court CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma reiterated Taiwan's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Taiwan not to join with China against Japan on island dispute: Ma CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- President Ma insisted his administration has no intention to join with China against Japan in the territorial dispute.
- Taiwanese operating near Tiaoyutais will be protected: MOFA CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- Taiwanese sailing in waters in the vicinity of the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands will be protected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs vowed.
- Taiwan reiterates claim over Taiping amid Vietnam protest CNA 21 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Taiwan's claim to Taiping Island, following a report by Vietnamese media that Taiwan's plan to conduct an exercise there was a violation of Vietnam's sovereignty over the island.
- Taiwan to conduct live-fire drill on Taiping Island CNA 20 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan has informed its neighboring countries that it plans to conduct a live-fire training exercise on Taiping Island in the South China Sea.
- Taiwan prosecutors decide not to indict Navy officer for drill blunder CNA 20 Aug 2012 -- Military prosecutors have decided not to charge Rear Admiral Chang Feng-chiang for sailing his fleet out of a designated area during a military exercise in late July or for disobeying orders.
- Taiwan summons Japanese envoy to protest over Tiaoyutais CNA 19 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative to help resolve the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands has received a positive response from the U.S. authorities, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Friday.
- Japanese Activists Land on Disputed Islands in Japan-China Row RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2012 -- A group of Japanese nationalists has landed on a chain of uninhabited islands claimed both by China and Japan amid an escalating territorial dispute between the two countries, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
- Japanese Activists Land on Disputed Islands VOA 19 Aug 2012 -- Japanese activists have landed on disputed islands in the East China Sea amid escalating diplomatic tensions with China. The landing came two days after Japanese authorities expelled Chinese activists who had landed in the same islands carrying the flags of China and Taiwan.
- Government seeking to reduce nuclear reliance CNA 18 Aug 2012 -- A comprehensive review of Taiwan's energy supply structure is underway to comply with the nation's policy of reducing its dependence on nuclear power, Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang said Saturday.
- Peace initiative receives positive response in U.S.: envoy CNA 18 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative to help resolve the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands has received a positive response from the U.S. authorities, Taiwan's representative to the United States said Friday.
- Taiwan makes clear stance on Tiaoyutais CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has made it clear to Japan that Taiwan holds sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands, Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuoyu said Friday, amid efforts by Japan to reinforce its claim to the island chain in the resource-rich East China Sea.
- Japan deports Hong Kong activists in Tiaoyutai row CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Seven of the 14 activists from Hong Kong who allegedly violated Japan's immigration law by landing on the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea earlier this week were deported by air Friday, according to a Japanese TV report.
- Japan 'furtively occupying' Tiaoyutais: MOFA CNA 17 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) described the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Friday as being 'furtively occupied' by Japan, the first time it has used such a critical phrase in the territorial row.
- Provocation unhelpful in island dispute: U.S. State Department CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that territorial disputes should be resolved peacefully, after 14 people from Hong Kong were arrested by the Japanese authorities for traveling to a disputed island group in the resources-rich East China Sea.
- No plans for president to visit Taioyutais: Foreign Ministry CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou has no plans to visit the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday in response to a call from a local official for Ma to make such a trip.
- President reiterates East China Sea peace initiative CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou lauded Thursday Washington's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's defense capabilities and promoting peace, saying that peace is the reason behind his East China Sea peace initiative proposal.
- Taiwan urges Japan to recognize disputes over Tiaoyutai Islands CNA 16 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan on Thursday called on Japan to recognize that there are indeed disputes over the sovereignty of the Tiaoyutai Islands, over which Taiwan and China lay claims.
- Taiwan VP US Trip Tests Diplomatic Truce VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's vice president is spending an unusually long four days in the United States this month, a move that would once have drawn formal protests from China. Vice President Wu Den-yih stopped in New York for private meetings on his way to visit allied nations in Latin America, and will stay in Los Angeles on the way home. Taiwan's diplomatic truce with China helps smooth passages to North America while keeping a three-way peace.
- Taiwan rules out cooperation with China on Tiaoyutai issue CNA 15 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) flatly rejected Wednesday a proposal by some activists that Taipei should cooperate with Beijing in asserting its sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Taiwan supplies food to HK boat heading to Tiaoyutais CNA 15 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) provided food supplies Wednesday to a Hong Kong vessel on its way to the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, Premier Sean Chen said.
- Protests in Taipei, Beijing following Yasukuni Shrine visit CNA 15 Aug 2012 -- Activists in Taipei and Beijing launched protests Wednesday against Japan's territorial claims over the Tiaoyutai Islands and a visit made by Japanese ministers to honor war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine the same day.
- Ma's East China Sea initiative receives positive response: MOFA CNA 15 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative to help resolve the dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands has received positive responses from Japan and the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
- ROC will not budge on sovereignty over Tiaoyutais: Presidential Office CNA 14 Aug 2012 -- The Republic of China will not budge on its sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands, the Presidential Office said Tuesday.
- Hong Kong activists fail to get supplies in Taichung CNA 14 Aug 2012 -- A group of activists from Hong Kong was making for the port of Keelung in northern Taiwan Tuesday to resupply en route for the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands, after their boat was denied entry at Taichung Port in central Taiwan, the activists said that day.
- Navy withdraws demerit given to admiral in drill blunder CNA 14 Aug 2012 -- The Navy said Tuesday it has revoked a major demerit given to a fleet commander involved in a blunder during a recent military drill.
- Activists ready to depart for disputed Tiaoyutai Islands CNA 13 Aug 2012 -- A group of six or seven Taiwanese activists will depart for the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Tuesday at the earliest and will join forces with Hong Kong activists to protest Japan's claim of sovereignty over the islands, one of the activists said Monday.
- Ministry denies report of proposed purchase of only 24 F-16C/Ds CNA 13 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense denied Monday local media reports that Taiwan has recently made a proposal to the United States for a procurement of 24 F-16C/D jet fighters.
- Navy official summoned in inquiry into military exercise blunder CNA 13 Aug 2012 -- Military prosecutors launched an investigation Monday into a naval exercise that went awry last month by summoning the rear admiral at the center of the affair for questioning.
- Taiwan, Hong Kong activists team up on trip to Tiaoyutais CNA 12 Aug 2012 -- A group of activists set off from Hong Kong Sunday evening to rendezvous with Taiwanese activists off northeastern Taiwan before sailing to the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands Aug. 14 to make separate territorial claims, an activist said Sunday.
- Lawmakers to inspect Taiwan's new arms deployment in Spratlys CNA 12 Aug 2012 -- A group of Taiwanese lawmakers is scheduled to visit Taiping Island by mid-September to inspect Taiwan's new military reinforcement in the disputed South China Sea area, Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang said Sunday.
- China's 1st aircraft carrier more symbolic than substantive: lawmaker CNA 11 Aug 2012 -- The launch of China's first aircraft carrier will be more important symbolically than substantively, a Taiwanese lawmaker said Saturday.
- Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over Taiping Island CNA 10 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over Taiping Island.
- New addition to Air Force's rescue squadron to be displayed at show CNA 10 Aug 2012 -- The latest addition to Taiwan's Air Force rescue squadron, the EC225 search-and-rescue helicopter, will be one of many aircraft on display at an air show in southern Taiwan.
- Taiwan MND revokes Navy's decision to demerit officials CNA 09 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense revoked the Navy's decision to punish certain officials responsible for warships going off course during a military drill in July.
- Taiwan, China ink investment, customs pacts CNA 09 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan and China signed an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement, a move that is expected to remove more trade barriers between the two sides.
- Taiwan, China begin talks on new pacts CNA 09 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan and China began their latest round of high-level talks, in which an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement were expected to be sealed later in the day.
- China seeking to expedite trade, dispute resolution talks with Taiwan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- China will seek to make quick progress this year and next year in its talks with Taiwan on trade in goods and services and the establishment of a dispute resolution mechanism.
- China's chief negotiator arrives in Taiwan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- China's chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Yunlin, arrived for the eighth round of high-level cross-Taiwan Strait talks held since 2008.
- Taiwan has tacit agreement with Japan over economic waters: MND CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan has developed a tacit agreement with Japan on how to enforce their respective laws in their overlapping exclusive economic waters.
- Taiwan hopes to use peace plan to discuss Tiaoyutai issue with Japan CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan will base its communications with Japan on the Tiaoyutai Islands issue on the spirit of a peace initiative for the East China Sea.
- Taiwan DefMin apologizes for controversy over Navy blunder in drill CNA 08 Aug 2012 -- Defense Minister Kao apologized for the controversy that arose after a Navy fleet was found to have gone off course during a military exercise in late July.
- Japan open to East China Sea cooperation, firm on Tiaoyutais CNA 07 Aug 2012 -- Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tuesday that his country is open to promoting cooperation in the East China Sea region, but he reiterated Japan's sovereignty over the Tiaoyutai Islands, known in Japanese as the Senkakus.
- Military to help beef up Taiping defenses CNA 07 Aug 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday that it is working with the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) to beef up Taiwan's defenses on Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea.
- U.S. expects Tiaoyutai dispute to be resolved peacefully CNA 06 Aug 2012 -- The US expects the territorial dispute over the Tiaoyutai Islands to be addressed through peaceful means, a U.S. official said.
- Survey ship harassed by Japanese in Taiwan's economic zone: MOFA CNA 06 Aug 2012 -- A marine survey ship that cut short its mission a day early after being harassed by a Japanese Coast Guard aircraft was in a part of Taiwan's exclusive economic zone that overlaps with Japan's.
- Navy disciplines officials for blunder in drill CNA 06 Aug 2012 -- The Navy said it has disciplined officials responsible for warships going off course during a military drill in late July.
- Taiwan's transport planes can be refitted as tanker aircraft CNA 05 Aug 2012 -- Of Taiwan's military aircraft, the C-130 transport plane can be refitted as a tanker aircraft, which can beef up the country's air defenses in the event of war, military officials said recently.
- Taiwan proposes peace initiative to settle Tiaoyutais row CNA 05 Aug 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou proposed a peace initiative Sunday to address territorial disputes over the Tiaoyutai Islands, urging neighboring countries to show restraint and seek peaceful means to settle the issue.
- Fleet commander removed for `discipline violations': military CNA 04 Aug 2012 -- The military said Saturday that the commander of a Navy fleet that sailed off its designated course during a recent military exercise had been punished for 'serious discipline violations,' but denied that the decision was made following pressure from Japan.
- Navy admits to blunder in military drill off eastern Taiwan CNA 03 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's Navy has admitted that there was a problem with its execution of a recent military exercise off the coast of eastern Taiwan and said it has taken steps to penalize those responsible for the blunder.
- Documents on ROC-Japan peace treaty to be displayed CNA 03 Aug 2012 -- Historical documents and other articles related to a peace agreement signed by the Republic of China (ROC) and Japan 60 years ago will go on display in Taipei next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
- Navy receives two minehunters from U.S. CNA 02 Aug 2012 -- Two refitted coastal minehunters purchased from the United States were delivered to Taiwan Thursday, beefing up the country's naval defense capabilities, the Navy said that day.
- Trial flight of Taiwan's anti-submarine aircraft goes smoothly CNA 01 Aug 2012 -- The first in a batch of submarine-hunting aircraft for Taiwan has recently successfully completed its trial flight.
- Taiwan to acquire two mine hunting ships soon CNA 01 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan is beefing up its naval defense capabilities with the acquisition of two minehunters from the United States soon.
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