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February 2014 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan-U.S. contact on defense issues remains steady: official CNA 27 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and the United States have been maintaining smooth communications on defense matters, a Taiwan's foreign ministry official said Thursday, in response to questions on a suggestion by a U.S. official that Taiwan increase its defense budget.
- Chinese negotiator meets Taiwan's mainland affairs chief CNA 27 Feb 2014 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Deming, met Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi at a hotel in Taipei Thursday afternoon.
- Taiwan, China to start preparatory meeting for high-level talks CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- Officials from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait were scheduled to start a preparatory meeting Wednesday for the 10th round of cross-strait talks since 2008, during which two agreements on meteorological exchanges and earthquake monitoring are expected to be signed.
- Taiwan looks to further cross-strait economic cooperation CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top negotiator with China told his Chinese counterpart Wednesday during a meeting in Taipei that he hopes the two intermediary bodies that handle cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations will focus more on economic cooperation and promote the two sides' integration into regional economic systems.
- Taiwan screens latest accords with China to ensure security: official CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- The two agreements Taiwan will sign with China this week were reviewed by Taiwan's national security agencies and found to be free of risks to the island country's security, an official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan ships, aircraft drill inside China's ADIZ in East China Sea CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan has staged a joint military-Coast Guard protection and rescue exercise in an area where China's controversial air defense identification zone (ADIZ) overlaps with those of Taiwan and Japan over the East China Sea.
- Taiwan's president calls for regional code of conduct CNA 26 Feb 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday urged that multilateral negotiations be held to set up an East China Sea code of conduct amid moves by China to assert territorial claims in the region.
- 'Taiwan independence' a dead end: spokesman People's Daily 26 Feb 2014 -- 'Taiwan independence' will not win the support of Taiwan people and is doomed to be opposed by people from across the strait, said a mainland spokesman on Wednesday.
- Taiwan set to take delivery of more Apache helicopters in March CNA 25 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan is set to take delivery of six more AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from the United States in mid-March, as was expected, according to a military source.
- Taiwan's mainland affairs chief to meet China's cross-strait negotiator CNA 23 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi and China's chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Deming, will meet in Taipei Feb. 27, according to sources in the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
- Military planning aircraft takeoff, landing drill on freeway CNA 23 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's military said recently that it is planning a drill for its fighter jets to practice emergency landings and takeoffs on a section of a freeway in southern Taiwan, as part of this year's Han Kuang series of military exercises.
- Xi's cross-Strait speech shows courage to break ground of political issues People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Xi Jinping's recent speech on cross-Strait relations showed the courage and commitment to face up to political differences, said the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief here Friday.
- Commentary: Xi takes cross-Strait ties new level People's Daily 22 Feb 2014 -- Remarks on mainland-Taiwan relations by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, could be raising cross-Strait ties to a new high.
- Work progressing on Apache helicopter repairs: Army CNA 21 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's military is fitting the 12 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters received from the United States with new flight transmission boxes, the Army Command Headquarters said Friday amid questions over when the choppers will be put back into service.
- Consensus reached on better implementation of 9 cross-strait pacts CNA 21 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and China on Friday reached consensus on proposals to improve the implementation of nine of 19 agreements they have signed to date.
- Breakthrough in cross-Taiwan Strait review meeting CNA 21 Feb 2014 -- Beijing has finally agreed to study the feasibility of allowing Chinese travelers to make transit stops in Taiwan after years of requests by Taipei, a Taiwanese negotiator said Friday, describing the decision as a breakthrough in cross-Taiwan Strait talks.
- Mainland respects Taiwan's social system: Xi People's Daily 19 Feb 2014 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said the Chinese mainland respects the social system and lifestyle that Taiwan compatriots have chosen.
- U.S. congressman reaffirms importance of Taiwan Relations Act CNA 20 Feb 2014 -- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs said Thursday during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou that he intends to propose a bill to reaffirm the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) before the Act's 35th anniversary.
- Military denies further downsizing of forces planned CNA 18 Feb 2014 -- The Defense Ministry on Tuesday rebutted speculation sparked by a comment by President Ma Ying-jeou that Taiwan is planning to further downsize its troop levels beyond current force reduction plans.
- Q&A: China's Evolving Rapprochement With Taiwan VOA 18 Feb 2014 -- Cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan have embarked on 'a fast-track to development,' according China's state-run Global Times today.
- Not appropriate for Ma, Xi to meet in capacity as party heads: MAC CNA 17 Feb 2014 -- It would not be appropriate for leaders on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to meet each other in their capacities as heads of their political parties, the nation's top China policy planner said Monday.
- Beijing speaks positively of Wang-Zhang meeting CNA 17 Feb 2014 -- The Feb. 11 meeting between the top officials in charge of cross-strait affairs across the Taiwan Strait has achieved several major results, a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Monday.
- President reiterates Taiwan's goal to build small but strong force CNA 16 Feb 2014 -- Speaking to retired military officers and supporters of unification, President Ma Ying-jeou Sunday outlined Taiwan's efforts to streamline the military and maintain effective deterrence through strength instead of size.
- Taiwan, China exchange views on leaders' summit CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- Ranking officials from Taiwan and China have exchanged views for the first time on the possibility of holding a presidential summit although there is no indication as to whether or when such a top-level meeting might happen.
- MAC head expects more exchanges with China after milestone visit CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Wang Yu-chi said Friday that he looks forward to more substantial exchanges across the Taiwan Strait after his just-concluded trip to China, which he described as 'satisfactory and smooth.'
- MAC-TAO communication to be reciprocal, direct: MAC minister CNA 14 Feb 2014 -- A regular communication mechanism between top officials in charge of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs that Taiwan and China agreed to establish during a high-level meeting earlier this week will be conducted in a reciprocal and direct manner, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday.
- Ma feels that 215,000-man military still too large for Taiwan CNA 13 Feb 2014 -- Despite efforts to streamline the nation's armed forces, the 215,000-man strong military is still too large at 0.9 percent of Taiwan's total population, according to President Ma Ying-jeou.
- Wang-Zhang meet is new milestone in cross-strait ties: president CNA 13 Feb 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the meetings this week between Taiwan's and China's respective cross-Taiwan Strait policymakers represent a new milestone in relations between the two sides.
- Taiwan's top China policy planner speaks in China about ROC CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top China policy planner spoke about the Republic of China (ROC) during a visit Wednesday to the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing, where he paid his respects to the man hailed as the founding father of modern China.
- Chinese news media reports prominently on Wang-Zhang meeting CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Several Chinese news media reported prominently on Wednesday a landmark meeting in Nanjing a day earlier between the heads of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs on each side of the strait.
- Wang Yu-chi lays wreath at mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen CNA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top China policy planner Wang Yu-chi said the Republic of China founded by Sun Yat-sen 103 years ago is still alive after he paid his respects to Sun at father of modern China's mausoleum in Nanjing on Wednesday morning.
- Taiwan Official Visits Sun Yat-sen's Tomb in China VOA 12 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top cross-strait official visited the burial ground of Sun Yat-sen Wednesday, the founder of modern China and a man who is respected in both Taipei and Beijing. During his visit, the Mainland Affairs Council chairman, Wang Yu-chi, used the opportunity to not only pay respects, but also make mention of Taiwan's democratic accomplishments.
- Wang Yu-chi departs for China CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Mainland Affairs Council chief Wang Yu-chi said Tuesday before departing for China that he hopes his trip will be smooth and will help promote mutual understanding between the two sides.
- President praises significance of first formal cross-strait meeting CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou Tuesday praised the 'extraordinary significance' of the first formal meeting between the top cross-strait officials from Taiwan and China, which opened in Nanjing earlier in the day.
- MAC to set up regular communication mechanism with TAO CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top official in charge of planning China policy said here Tuesday that he and his Chinese counterpart agreed during a historic meeting to establish a regular communication mechanism.
- Cross-strait relations open new chapter: MAC head CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's top official in charge of planning China policy said Tuesday that his meeting with his Chinese counterpart indicated that cross-Taiwan Strait relations have entered a new chapter.
- Taiwan official arrives for groundbreaking mainland-Taiwan meeting People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan's mainland affairs chief, arrived in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on Tuesday morning for a four-day visit.
- Cross-Strait officials agree to regular communication People's Daily 11 Feb 2014 -- The Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Tuesday agreed to regular communication between their cross-Strait affairs departments.
- Taiwan, China Hold Landmark Talks on Mainland VOA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and China on Tuesday held their first high-level political talks since their civil war ended 65 years ago.
- 13 people die of flu in two weeks: CDC CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan reported 256 new flu cases within the last two weeks, including H3N2, H1N1 and type B strains, resulting in 13 fatalities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
- Espionage suspect released on bail CNA 11 Feb 2014 -- A former CNA reporter suspected of trying to collect sensitive information for China was released on NT$200,000 (US$6,600) bail early Tuesday and banned from traveling overseas pending further investigations.
- Taiwan, China to Hold First Official Talks VOA 10 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan and China hold official talks this week, a historic first for the two governments since a civil war ended more than six decades ago. Political differences still linger and while the two administrations do not officially recognize one another, some analysts think the talks could mark a small step toward more normal, official ties - and perhaps even be a prelude to a possible meeting between China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou later this year.
- Espionage suspect questioned, homes searched CNA 10 Feb 2014 -- Prosecutors and investigators Monday searched the Taipei home of a former reporter who allegedly collected intelligence for Beijing, along with a Taichung home belonging to her parents.
- U.S. calls for peaceful solutions to regional maritime tensions CNA 05 Feb 2014 -- The United States called for peaceful ways for countries in the East China Sea and South China Sea regions to address tensions there, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command said Wednesday.
- U.S. delivery of P-3C aircraft to Taiwan on schedule: military CNA 05 Feb 2014 -- The delivery of 12 P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft on order from the United States is still on schedule, despite a malfunction discovered in late 2013, Taiwan's Air Force said Wednesday.
- Grounding order for Apache helicopters to be lifted next week CNA 05 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan will begin putting its 12 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters back into service next week, nearly two months after it grounded the aircraft when notified by the United States of a failure in the same model.
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