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December 2013 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Upgraded IDFs carrying cluster bombs to be revealed next month CNA 31 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Air Force will showcase its upgraded Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) Jan. 16, when the Ching-kuo fighter jets will be armed with locally developed Wan Chien weapons systems, the Air Force said Tuesday.
- 6 more Apache choppers to arrive Jan. 2: Defense Ministry CNA 26 Dec 2013 -- A second batch of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Jan. 2, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Hsia said Thursday.
- President reaffirms plan for all-volunteer military CNA 26 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the government has continued to promote its policy to transform the military into an all-volunteer force, despite facing a recruitment shortage.
- Military acquires submarine-launched Harpoon missiles CNA 26 Dec 2013 -- The United States has begun delivery of submarine-launched Harpoon missiles this year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said in a report to the Legislative Yuan.e
- Strategic UAV development program proceeding smoothly: official CNA 23 Dec 2013 -- A program to develop a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for long periods has been proceeding very smoothly, the director-general of the Armaments Bureau under the Ministry of National Defense said Monday.
- U.K. not treating AWOL officer's case as political asylum: envoy CNA 23 Dec 2013 -- The case of a Taiwanese military intelligence officer who fled to the United Kingdom to avoid military service is simply an issue of a visa overstay and has nothing to do with seeking asylum, Taiwan's representative to the U.K. said Monday.
- Taiwan, U.S. sign agreement on nuclear energy cooperation CNA 21 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan sealed a deal Friday with the United States to ensure supplies of nuclear fuel and facilities for the island's power plants.
- Taiwan seeking early repatriation of AWOL officer held in U.K. CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan is seeking a speedy repatriation for an AWOL military officer detained in the U.K. for illegally staying there, and will arrange for her to meet with Taiwanese diplomatic staff in London if she applies, the foreign ministry said Friday.
- Taiwan hopes AWOL officer in U.K. will be repatriated for trial soon CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- Emily Yeh, the Taiwanese military intelligence officer who fled to the United Kingdom to avoid military service, will face a sentence of no more than five years when she is repatriated, the defense ministry said Friday.
- AWOL intelligence officer says she does not regret decisions CNA 20 Dec 2013 -- The Taiwanese AWOL military officer detained in the United Kingdom for overstaying said Thursday she does not regret her decision to return to Taiwan from the United States a few years ago to pursue a career in military intelligence.
- AWOL Taiwanese intelligence officer held in U.K. CNA 19 Dec 2013 -- A Taiwanese military intelligence officer who went absent without leave and fled to the United Kingdom in July 2012 has been detained as the Taiwanese authorities seek her deportation.
- Army grounds newly acquired Apache choppers due to malfunction CNA 18 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Army has grounded the six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters recently delivered by the United States after receiving notification of a malfunction in a helicopter of the same type used by the U.S. Army, officials said Wednesday.
- Taiwan seeks recovery of frozen funds from frigate scandal CNA 17 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan is seeking to reclaim US$340 million from Swiss accounts belonging to former Taiwanese Navy Captain Kuo Li-heng and arms broker Andrew Wang, the men behind a corruption scandal linked to the 1991 procurement of Lafayette-class frigates from France, Taiwanese investigation authorities said Tuesday.
- Justice minister rules out spy deal involving ex-Taiwanese officer CNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan will not accept any exchange of spies with China that would free a high-ranking Taiwanese officer convicted of spying for Beijing, Minister of Justice Lo Ying-hsueh vowed Monday, after news of negotiations on a possible deal surfaced.
- China opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan People's Daily 14 Dec 2013 -- China on Friday reiterated its firm opposition to arms sales to Taiwan by the United States.
- Peacefully resolving ADIZ disputes is right thing to do: Ma CNA 14 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou addressed the legal aspects of air defense identification zones (ADIZ) Saturday, telling a forum of legal scholars that the best way to resolve disputes is rational dialogue.
- Taiwan regrets multi-language versions of Japan's Diaoyutai video CNA 13 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday it was regrettable that Japan's Foreign Ministry has now posted a propaganda video on the Diaoyutai Islands on its website in many languages and urged Tokyo to handle the issue in a cautious manner.
- President touts newly acquired Apache choppers CNA 13 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou touted the capabilities of the newly acquired AH-64E Apache attack helicopters Friday at an official ceremony in southern Taiwan to mark the United States' delivery of the aircraft.
- President defends Taiwan's stance on China's ADIZ declaration CNA 11 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday in a meeting with the top U.S. official in charge of relations with Taiwan that Taiwan reacted firmly to China's declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea.
- Military recruitment falls far short of target CNA 10 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's armed forces have recruited 8,603 men and women in the first 11 months of 2013, just 30.15 percent of the Ministry of National Defense target of 28,531 recruits.
- South Korea's expansion of ADIZ to not affect Taiwan: CAA CNA 09 Dec 2013 -- South Korea's announcement on Sunday that it had expanded the country's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) will not affect civil aviation in Taiwan, the country's aviation regulator said Monday.
- Taiwan calls for peaceful resolution of conflicting ADIZ claims CNA 08 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan on Sunday called on all concerned parties to 'peacefully resolve' their differences over overlapping air defense identification zones (ADIZ) in East Asia.
- Taiwan, China preparing to review results of bilateral pacts CNA 08 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan and China are preparing to meet again to review the results of agreements the two countries have signed over the past five years, with the meeting likely to take place by the end of the year.
- Taiwan developing weapons-capable UAV CNA 06 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's military is developing weapons-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with some stealth capabilities at the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, an official at the institute told CNA Friday.
- New defense ministry headquarters to be completed in 2014 CNA 05 Dec 2013 -- The military has given July 2014 as a concrete date for the completion of the new Ministry of National Defense headquarters, indicating the end is in sight for work on the complex that has been under planning since 1997.
- China's ADIZ demarcation unhelpful to ties with Taiwan: president Ma CNA 05 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday criticized China's unilateral declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) as 'unhelpful' to the development of bilateral relations, adding that Taiwan was not consulted prior to the demarcation.
- Taipei is Republic of China's capital: minister CNA 04 Dec 2013 -- Dragged into a controversy over the identity of the Republic of China's capital, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan said Wednesday that Taipei is the country's capital because it is the seat of the central government.
- Taiwan to speak up if Japan interferes with Taiwanese aircraft CNA 03 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan will express its deep concerns to Japan if Japanese authorities interfere with Taiwanese civilian aircraft flying through an area where the two countries' airspace zones overlap, an official said Tuesday.
- Air Force officials pinpoint ADIZ overlap with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Air Force officials said Monday that the overlapping area of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and China's ADIZ over the East China Sea covers some 23,000 square kilometers, not 67,000 sq. km. as it said last week.
- Taiwan Air Force operating normally in zone overlapping with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Air Force patrols in its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) have not been impacted by China's demarcation of an ADIZ that partially overlaps Taiwan's, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- 'One degree' change behind Taipei flight information zone trouble CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aimed at facilitating air traffic control when it expanded the Taipei Flight Information Region one degree east in 1955, but the move also caused 'trouble' for Taiwan's aviation authorities.
- Taiwan belongs to Republic of China: president CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday there should not be any controversy over Taiwan's status because a peace treaty signed between the Republic of China and Japan in 1952 unequivocally recognizes Taiwan as part of the ROC's territory.
- No Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan's ADIZ: minister CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- No military aircraft from China have entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since Beijing's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- Taiwan's ADIZ remains unchanged: defense minister CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) remains unchanged and none of the country's military training operations or patrols within the area have been affected by China's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
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