Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2014 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Army denies U.S. applying pressure on Apache crash probe CNA 30 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's Army denied a report Wednesday that the United States has pressured the military to keep quiet about what caused an AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to crash on Apr. 25 before an investigation into the accident is completed.
- Government has not abandoned nuclear energy: premier CNA 28 Apr 2014 -- The administration's decision to 'mothball' Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant is neither a u-turn of government policy nor an exclusion of nuclear energy, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday.
- Taiwan marines conduct drill in Spratlys: lawmaker CNA 28 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's marines, escorted by a fleet of Navy frigates, conducted a military drill in the disputed Spratly Archipelago in the South China Sea earlier this month, a Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker disclosed Monday, saying it was an effective move to protect Taiwan's sovereignty.
- No timeframe set for Apache helicopters to fly again: official CNA 28 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's military has not decided on a timetable to put its fleet of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters back into operation, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Hsia said Monday, days after one of the aircraft crashed into a residential building during a training mission.
- Black box from crashed Apache set to be sent to U.S. for analysis CNA 28 Apr 2014 -- The flight recorder from the Apache helicopter that crashed in northern Taiwan during training April 25 has been retrieved and is set to be sent to the United States for analysis by the Boeing Company, a Taiwanese official said Monday.
- Ex-Air Force colonel sentenced to 20 years for leaking secrets CNA 28 Apr 2014 -- A former Air Force colonel was sentenced Monday to 20 years and an accomplice to 15 years by the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch for leaking military secrets to China.
- Government halts fourth nuclear plant construction CNA 27 Apr 2014 -- The administration of President Ma Ying-jeou and the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) agreed Sunday to halt construction of the country's controversial fourth nuclear power plant with immediate effect.
- Construction halted at Taiwan nuclear plant after protests VoR 27 Apr 2014 -- Protesters hold up banners reading '2014, Close the 4th nuclear power plant' during a rally against the construction of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant to be completed, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Photo: East News/AP/FOTOLINK
- CDC monitoring H7N9 situation CNA 26 Apr 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday that it is monitoring two cases that were confirmed as being infected with H7N9 avian flu earlier this week, as well as anyone who has come in contact with them.
- Apache helicopter crashes during training, injuring two CNA 25 Apr 2014 -- A recently delivered U.S.-made AH-64E Apache helicopter belonging to the Army crashed into a residential building in Taoyuan County Friday.
- Army says Apache co-pilot only injury in crash landing CNA 25 Apr 2014 -- The co-pilot of one of Taiwan's new AH-64E Apache helicopters was the only one injured when the attack helicopter crashed into a residential building in Taoyuan County Friday morning during flight training, the Army said.
- Apache helicopters grounded after crash CNA 25 Apr 2014 -- The Army grounded its fleet of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters Friday, Lt. Gen. Wang Hsing-wei, deputy Army commander, said after one of the aircraft crashed into a residential building during training earlier in the day, injuring its co-pilot.
- Army probing cause of Apache helicopter crash CNA 25 Apr 2014 -- The Army is investigating what caused an Apache helicopter to crash into a residential building in Taoyuan County earlier Friday, and has not ruled out human error, weather conditions or mechanical failure, it said.
- Taiwan pilots hurt as Apache chopper crash-lands on building VoR 25 Apr 2014 -- Two Taiwanese pilots were injured on Friday when their Apache attack helicopter crash-landed on a building in northern Taiwan during a routine training mission, the military said, according to AFP.
- Taiwan confirms 4th imported H7N9 case CNA 25 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed Friday the island's fourth imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year.
- No sign of H7N9 spread from single Chinese patient CNA 24 Apr 2014 -- All 94 people who came into contact with a sick Chinese tourist have tested negative for the H7N9 avian flu virus with which the woman is infected, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.
- Taiwan confirms 3rd imported H7N9 case CNA 22 Apr 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday the third imported case of H7N9 avian flu since April last year.
- Simulated attack by China's aircraft carrier part of Han Kuang drills CNA 22 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan is set to include an attack by China's first aircraft carrier in computer-aided war games next month as part of the annual Han Kuang series of military exercises, a defense official said Tuesday.
- New Coast Guard vessel launched in Kaohsiung CNA 18 Apr 2014 -- A new 3,000-ton patrol and rescue vessel belonging to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) was launched in Kaohsiung Friday.
- H7N9 surveillance eases as risk reduces: CDC CNA 15 Apr 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Tuesday that the level of its surveillance on the H7N9 avian flu strain will return to normal, ending the operation of its H7N9 Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- U.S. to help Taiwan build its own submarines: defense minister CNA 14 Apr 2014 -- The United States has said it will help Taiwan to build diesel-electric submarines on its own, Defense Minister Yen Ming confirmed Monday at a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.
- President calls for U.S. assistance to build submarines CNA 09 Apr 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday urged the United States to help Taiwan build diesel-electric submarines to strengthen the island's defense capabilities.
- Taiwan welcomes U.S. House legislation on TRA and warship sales CNA 08 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan welcomed Tuesday a piece of legislation from the U.S. House of Representatives reaffirming the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and authorizing the sale of four Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.
- Military denies cutting political warfare units CNA 08 Apr 2014 -- The military denied Tuesday that it will cut its political warfare units and that Military Police School students will be sent to serve in the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) after graduating, as part of a new military downsizing program.
- China's DM warns U.S. against Taiwan arms sales People's Daily 08 Apr 2014 -- China's defense minister on Tuesday urged the United States to stop a bill that reaffirms commitment to Taiwan and calls for continued arms sales to the island.
- U.S. House approves sale of warships to Taiwan CNA 08 Apr 2014 -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed by unanimous consent legislation reaffirming the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act and authorizing the sale of four Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates to Taiwan.
- Coast guard to increase patrols against illegal Chinese scavenging CNA 05 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's coast guard is planning to step up patrols in artificial reef sites following reports of Chinese vessels damaging ecological areas by scavenging wreckage from Taiwanese waters, the Council of Agriculture said Saturday.
- Air Force to start upgrading F-16 fighter jets in 2016 CNA 04 Apr 2014 -- Taiwan's Air Force said Friday that it will begin the process of upgrading its fleet of over 100 F-16 A/B fighter jets in the second half of 2016.
- President confident in shift to all-volunteer military CNA 03 Apr 2014 -- President Ma Ying-jeou expressed confidence in the chances of success in Taiwan's shift to an all-volunteer force during an inspection visit Thursday to a military unit in northern Taiwan made up of volunteer soldiers and officers.
- Chinese invasion of Taiwan would take 4 months to prepare: official CNA 03 Apr 2014 -- If the People's Republic of China were to decide to invade Taiwan, it would need at least four months to prepare for such an action, Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Shying-jow said Thursday.
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