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November 2015 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Chinese negotiator arrives in Taiwan for review of cross-strait pacts CNA 29 Nov 2015 -- A Chinese official who handles negotiation with Taiwan arrived in Taipei Sunday for a preparatory meeting ahead of a review Monday of existing trade and economic agreements between the two sides.
  • U.S arms sales to Taiwan necessary: ex-AIT director CNA 27 Nov 2015 -- The United States has never said that it will stop selling weapons to Taiwan, William Stanton, former director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said Friday, adding that U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are necessary.
  • China opposes to U.S. arms sale to Taiwan: Defense Ministry People's Daily 27 Nov 2015 -- China is resolutely opposed to any country's arms sale to Taiwan, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) commenting on reports of U.S. upcoming announcement of $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan.
  • Tsai registers for 2016 presidential election CNA 27 Nov 2015 -- A three-way race in Taiwan's next presidential election formally took shape Friday as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her running mate Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) registered to become the third set of presidential and vice presidential candidates.
  • Taiwan hopes for continued sales of defensive weapons from U.S. CNA 26 Nov 2015 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense repeated Thursday its hope that the United States will continue to sell Taiwan defensive weapons to help it bolster its self-defense capabilities.
  • Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute VOA 26 Nov 2015 -- The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing's claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims.
  • Taiwan steps up security after Paris terrorist attacks CNA 25 Nov 2015 -- Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) said Wednesday that the government has tightened its border controls and stepped up intelligence-sharing in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks that killed nearly 130 people.
  • Defense ministry aware of ISIS video showing Taiwan's flag (update) CNA 25 Nov 2015 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday it will continue to monitor global conditions and respond cautiously after a Republic of China flag showed up in a newly released video by the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL.
  • Taiwan to monitor Japanese military deployment near Diaoyutais CNA 24 Nov 2015 -- Taiwan said Tuesday that it will keep a close eye on developments in the East China Sea following a report that Japan plans to deploy about 500 troops on an island some 150 kilometers from the disputed Diaoyutai Islands.
  • Aborigines of Taiwan See Hopes for Autonomy Fade VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- A top Taiwanese official says the chances of passage for a bill on indigenous people's autonomy are slim to none. A draft law that would give land or special rights to 16 aboriginal groups will die by year's end for lack of legislative approval after more than a decade of revisions.
  • Taiwan Presidential Front-runner Chooses Running Mate VOA 17 Nov 2015 -- The front-runner for Taiwan's 2016 presidential election, opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen, has named prominent epidemiologist Chen Chien-jen as her running mate.
  • Talks between Xi and Ma spark debate on both sides of Straits People's Daily 09 Nov 2015 -- The curtain fell on the landmark meeting between Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, and Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday.
  • Summit With Chinese Leader Spotlights Unmet Expectations in Taiwan VOA 09 Nov 2015 -- Presidents from Taiwan and China moved to cement goodwill at a first-ever meeting Saturday. But little applause emanated from Taiwan, which is China's political and military rival of nearly seven decades. Taiwanese say seven years of closer ties have brought few tangible benefits, such as economic growth or a homeland safe from war.
  • Xi-Ma meeting turns historic page in cross-Strait relations: official People's Daily 09 Nov 2015 -- The historic meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore will have great significance on the development of cross-Strait relations, the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief said in a statement released late Sunday.
  • Taiwan China Historic Talks Fuel Criticism at Home VOA 08 Nov 2015 -- A historic meeting between the leaders of Taiwan and China Saturday was rich in symbolism, but short on substance. Criticism of the trip and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's performance at the meeting with China's president Xi Jinping is already building at home. And while the leaders of Taiwan and China say the meeting has nothing to do with the island's upcoming elections, it is already becoming a key topic on the campaign trail.
  • Leaders across Taiwan Strait meet for first time in 66 years People's Daily 07 Nov 2015 -- Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou, leaders across Taiwan Strait met for first time in 66 years in Singapore Nov. 7.
  • Xi-Ma meeting hailed as 'historic page' in cross-Strait relations People's Daily 07 Nov 2015 -- 'Today will be remembered in history,' Xi Jinping said in a meeting between leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, adding that the meeting has opened up 'a historic page' in cross-Strait relations.
  • China Hails Taiwanese Decision to Join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Sputnik 07 Nov 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he welcomes an active participation of Taiwanese compatriots in construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and hails Taiwan's joining of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in accordance with the established procedure.
  • Taiwan Urges China to Resolve Cross-strait Issues Peacefully VOA 07 Nov 2015 -- Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said the importance of security and dignity to the Taiwanese people was one of the key messages he shared with China's President Xi Jinping Saturday, when leaders of the two sides met for the first time in more than six decades.
  • Taiwanese Protest Meetings Between Ma, China's Xi VOA 07 Nov 2015 -- As Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou shook hands with his counterpart from China Saturday in Singapore, about 400 people marched in downtown Taipei Saturday to protest the first-ever meeting between the long-time political enemies.
  • Protests Ahead of China, Taiwan Leaders' Talks VOA 06 Nov 2015 -- The leaders of Taiwan and China will hold face-to-face talks for the first time in more than 60 years Saturday in Singapore.
  • China, Taiwan to Hold 'Historic' Talks as Elections Near VOA 04 Nov 2015 -- Just weeks before Taiwan holds general and presidential elections, Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has announced that he will hold face-to-face talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Singapore.

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