Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2012 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Defense Ministry streamlined in modernization drive CNA 31 Dec 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will celebrate New Year with a streamlined and more efficient organization system that is scheduled to start Jan. 1 along with its all-volunteer military.
- Military denies using contract workers to dismantle missiles CNA 28 Dec 2012 -- The military on Friday denied an accusation by an opposition lawmaker that it had hired contract workers for crucial tasks such as dismantling missiles.
- MAC reiterates objections to China's new passport design CNA 27 Dec 2012 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged Beijing Thursday to pay attention to the Taiwanese people's indignation over the design of China's new passports, after Taiwan's protests over the issue were brushed off by China.
- Cross-strait ties are 'special relations': president CNA 26 Dec 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Wednesday that the Republic of China is a sovereign independent country, but that cross-Taiwan Strait ties involve 'special relations' rather than ties between two countries.
- Taiwan will not accept double recognition: minister CNA 25 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan will not accept its diplomatic allies' double recognition of both Taiwan and China, the foreign minister said Tuesday, adding that he did not believe that such a situation could ever occur.
- Envoy expresses hopes of improving Taiwan-U.S. ties CNA 25 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan's representative to the United States King Pu-tsung said Tuesday that the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. is at its best in nearly 30 years and that he hopes to help further deepen bilateral ties.
- Chinese official's unification remark inappropriate: security chief CNA 24 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan's intelligence chief said Monday it is not appropriate for a visiting Chinese official to speak about unification between Taiwan and China.
- Submarines recommended as way for Taiwan to better deter China CNA 21 Dec 2012 -- The head of an American think tank suggested Thursday that Taiwan should purchase submarines to strengthen its naval deployment amid the growing military imbalance between Taiwan and China.
- Congress urges U.S. president to address Taiwan's F-16 shortfall CNA 20 Dec 2012 -- The U.S. Congress has been pushing President Barack Obama's administration again to help address Taiwan's shortfall in fighter aircraft.
- Military might increase quota for female volunteers: minister CNA 19 Dec 2012 -- National Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Wednesday that the ministry might relax the mechanism for recruiting female volunteers in the military in an effort to eradicate gender inequality.
- Taiwan urged to push harder for peace initiative over Diaoyutais CNA 18 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan should continue to push for a peace initiative aimed at addressing the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, scholars said at a symposium in Taipei Tuesday.
- Taiwan tells China passport issue could hurt cross-strait ties CNA 13 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan has taken a firm stance on a controversial passport issue, making it clear to China that the matter could harm cross-strait relations, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wang Yu-chi said Friday.
- Taiwan again urges China, Japan to show restraint in Diaoyutais row CNA 13 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan repeated Thursday its call for all parties involved in the Diaoyutai Islands dispute to show restraint, in response to reports of a Chinese aircraft entering the islands' airspace and causing an emergency response from Japan.
- North Korea rocket launch no threat to Taiwan: official CNA 12 Dec 2012 -- North Korea's rocket launch on Wednesday did not pose any threat to Taiwan's national security, a Taiwanese defense official said, shortly after reports of North Korea's firing of the rocket.
- North Korea rocket launch 'very unwise': president CNA 12 Dec 2012 -- A new early warning radar system helped Taiwan detect North Korea's rocket launch shortly after the rocket blasted off Wednesday morning, according to the country's Ministry of Defense.
- Taiwan donates helicopters to Guatemala for relief efforts CNA 11 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan donated two helicopters and a variety of components to diplomatic ally Guatemala Monday, a move that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said would help the Central American country to boost its ability to respond to natural disasters.
- MAC reiterates China's new passports unacceptable CNA 07 Dec 2012 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reiterated on Friday that China's new passports, which depict Taiwan as part of Chinese territory, were unacceptable.
- Military research unit showcases weapons to be commissioned CNA 05 Dec 2012 -- The military's main research and development unit showcased a variety of its inventions.
- New representative to U.S. reiterates 'three nos' in bilateral ties CNA 03 Dec 2012 -- Taiwan's new representative to the United States said the country will try to maintain "three nos" in relations with the U.S. -"no surprises, no time lags and no errors."
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