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January 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan no hindrance to navigation freedom in South China Sea: MOFA CNA 30 Jan 2016 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) has held Taiping Island, the largest island in the Spratly Islands, for more than 60 years and has never had a military conflict with another country in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
- US warned on Diaoyu Islands statement People's Daily 30 Jan 2016 -- Beijing urges Washington to 'be cautious in words and actions in regard to the Diaoyu Islands issue', the Ministry of National Defense said on Friday, a stern warning over recent remarks by a top United States Navy official.
- Beijing's policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged: Chinese official CNA 30 Jan 2016 -- Beijing's basic policy toward Taiwan will remain unchanged despite political changes in Taiwan, a Chinese official said Saturday.
- Tsai Ing-wen backs ROC sovereignty over Taiping Island CNA 29 Jan 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday that she has consistently insisted on the Republic of China's (Taiwan's) sovereignty over Taiping Island, and she asked all parties involved in the dispute to maintain peace and stability in the region.
- U.S. acknowledges President Ma's road map for peace initiative CNA 29 Jan 2016 -- The United States said Thursday that it appreciates the road map President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has devised for his South China Sea peace initiative, which urges all parties concerned to be included in a mechanism for talks regarding South China Sea affairs and to cooperate on a variety of issues.
- Taiwan still trying to contact Beijing through hotline: acting premier CNA 29 Jan 2016 -- The hotline connecting officials in Taiwan and mainland China in charge of bilateral relations is still in place, and efforts continue to be made to reach the head of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) in Beijing, Acting Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Friday.
- Taiwan President Visits Disputed South China Sea Island VOA 28 Jan 2016 -- The president of Taiwan, a staunch but overlooked claimant in Asia's biggest maritime territorial dispute, flew to a contested island Thursday to send a signal that has reached as far as Washington.
- Ma reiterates Taiping Island is an 'island,' not a 'rock' CNA 28 Jan 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Thursday reiterated that Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea is an 'island,' not a 'rock', as he sought to solidify Taiwan's sovereignty claim over the island, after he visited it earlier in the day.
- Ma reaches Taiping Island, proposes map for peace initiative CNA 28 Jan 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) landed on the Taiwan-administered Taiping Island in the South China Sea at around 11 a.m. Thursday and shortly after his arrival, made a speech in which he proposed a road map for his South China Sea peace initiative.
- U.S. 'disappointed' over Ma's Taiping Island visit CNA 28 Jan 2016 -- The United States government on Wednesday expressed its disappointment over a visit by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to Taiping Island in the South China Sea, saying that such action is 'unhelpful' to resolving the dispute in the region.
- Taiwan, China had no communication on Ma's Taiping trip: MAC CNA 28 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan did not contact China ahead of President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) visit to Taiping Island in the South China Sea, as there was no need to do so, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- Cross-Strait Chinese share responsibility to protect Nansha Islands: FM People's Daily 28 Jan 2016 -- Chinese people from the mainland and Taiwan have a shared responsibility to protect the Nansha Islands, a spokesperson said on Thursday following Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou's trip to the Taiping Island in the South China Sea.
- US slams Taiwanese president for S China Sea trip Press TV 27 Jan 2016 -- The US has sharply criticized Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's planned trip to the Taiwanese-held island of Itu Aba in the disputed South China Sea, saying it is "extremely unhelpful" and won't do anything to resolve disputes over the waterway.
- U.S. Secretary of State reaffirms one-China policy People's Daily 27 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and one-China policy during his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wednesday in Beijing.
- Showcasing New Weapons, Taiwan Launches Military Exercises Aimed at Beijing Sputnik 28 Jan 2016 -- Amid Chinese demonstrations of its growing influence in the South China Sea, Taiwan is staging a massive military exercise.
- Army helicopter makes forced landing in Taichung CNA 25 Jan 2016 -- A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter of the Republic of China Army was forced to land in a vacant lot in Taichung City's Nantun District on Monday.
- U.S. reiterates hope for cross-strait relations to remain peaceful CNA 22 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday in Beijing that Washington has an abiding interest in continued peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
- Taiwan Air Force pilot missing in Arizona crash CNA 22 Jan 2016 -- A pilot in the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force has been reported as missing after an F-16 fighter jet that he was flying crashed in the U.S. state of Arizona Thursday.
- In wake of Taiwan elections, Chinese TV reports PLA live-fire drill CNA 21 Jan 2016 -- A state-run television network in China reported Wednesday that a live-fire drill had been conducted recently by the Chinese military off China's southeast coast, the first report of a military exercise following Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections last week.
- Tsai's Facebook page flooded with messages from China, again CNA 20 Jan 2016 -- The Facebook page of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was flooded with over 20,000 messages likely from Chinese Internet users, who voiced their opposition against Taiwan's independence, in three hours Wednesday.
- ROC flag a consensus among Taiwanese: DPP official CNA 20 Jan 2016 -- The official designation of Taiwan, the Republic of China (ROC), and the ROC flag are highly symbolic for people in Taiwan, and there is a broad consensus on the national flag, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official said here on Tuesday.
- Cross-strait policy not salient issue in elections: DPP official CNA 20 Jan 2016 -- Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Tuesday in Washington that viewing Taiwan's Jan. 16 general elections from the perspective of independence versus unification might be outdated.
- Taiwan commits to maintaining cooperation with allies CNA 19 Jan 2016 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affair (MOFA) said Tuesday that Taiwan's existing cooperation projects with its allies and the countries with which it maintains friendly relations in the absence of diplomatic links will not be changed despite the upcoming power transfer.
- Taiwan's Premier Quits, Cabinet May Follow, After Election Losses VOA 19 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's premier has left his post following elections that will bring the chief opposition party into power. That party may put ever tense relations with China on hold. But today's president and the incoming one are negotiating a deal that could stop a mass resignation of the cabinet.
- Taiwan will maintain close ties with the U.S.: president-elect CNA 18 Jan 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that her administration will maintain close, friendly relations with the United States and promote cooperation with the United States in all areas, especially in the economic and industrial realms.
- Premier resigns despite president's objection CNA 18 Jan 2016 -- The fate of the Cabinet headed by Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) appeared to be in limbo on Monday when he announced it was resigning en masse even though President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said earlier in the day that he would not accept the resignation for now.
- Beijing Calls on US to Stick to 'One-China Policy' Regarding Taiwan Issue Sputnik 18 Jan 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry urges the US side to adhere to one-China policy, not to interfere in China's internal affairs, to oppose Taiwan independence and to do more for the development of US-China relations, according to ministry's spokesperson Hong Lei.
- Don't Even Think About It! China Reacts Strongly to Taiwan Elections Sputnik 17 Jan 2016 -- Hours after Taiwan put an independence-minded president and party into power, China responded by suggesting there could be repercussions if the island pushes further away from the mainland.
- China Waits, Watches as Taiwan Elects New President VOA 17 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's president-elect received jubilant approval at home and a cautious response in China a day after her sweeping victory. Taiwanese mainstream media called the election a mass win for a once struggling opposition party that historically dislikes Beijing. Officials in China are expected to wait and watch for now.
- Tsai Ing-wen seen as more flexible than former DPP president CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) appears to be more flexible than the first person from her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to win the presidency, Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Sunday.
- Chu to resign as KMT chairman Monday CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Sunday that he will resign formally from the leadership of the party on Monday, after the KMT suffered a crushing loss in the Saturday's presidential and legislative elections.
- White House congratulates Tsai on election win CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- The White House offered its congratulations to Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on winning the election Saturday and said the United States 'maintain(s) a profound interest in the continuation' of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
- Turnout in presidential race lowest in history CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- The turnout in Taiwan's presidential election was the lowest ever in the six direct presidential elections the country has held since 1996, according to data compiled by the Central Election Committee (CEC).
- Six historic firsts in the 2016 presidential and legislative elections CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was elected the new president of Taiwan on Saturday, completing the third transition of power in Taiwan's democratic history.
- China urged to respect Taiwan's general election results CNA 17 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC,大陸委員會) has called on China to respect the results of Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections that concluded Saturday.
- Full text of Tsai's victory speech at international press conference CNA 16 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan elected its first female president on Saturday. In her victory speech, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party vowed to maintain peace and stability with China, end Taiwan's political polarization, and carry out reforms to build a more transparent and accountable government and one that is steadfast in protecting Taiwan's sovereignty.
- Taiwan Elects First Female President VOA 16 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's voters elected Tsai Ing-wen Saturday as the island's first female president, delivering a crushing defeat to the Nationalist Party (KMT), which has focused heavily on growing relations with China since coming to power eight years ago.
- Taiwan president-elect vows to maintain peace, stability with China CNA 16 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday vowed to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait after her administration takes office in May.
- Eric Chu concedes defeat CNA 16 Jan 2016 -- Eric Chu (朱立倫), the presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang, conceded defeat in Saturday's election, saying that the party has lost the presidential and legislative elections, which is 'an unprecedented big change' for the party.
- DPP takes presidency, legislature for the first time CNA 16 Jan 2016 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won both Taiwan's presidency and control of the country's legislature for the first time in history Saturday, scoring a resounding victory over the ruling Kuomintang (KMT).
- Cabinet to resign following KMT election defeat CNA 16 Jan 2016 -- Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said Saturday he has tendered his resignation to President Ma Ying-jeou and will not accept any attempt to have him remain in his post.
- China warns Taiwan against independence activities Press TV 16 Jan 2016 -- China has warned Taiwan against any independence activities, after the leader of Taiwan's pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) emerged victorious in the island's presidential election.
- Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen wins presidential election Press TV 16 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-separation opposition has won the presidential election, signaling a growing political gap between the East Asian island and mainland China.
- Ailing Economy Dominates Final Hours of Taiwan Presidential Race VOA 15 Jan 2016 -- Taiwanese voters will pick a new president Saturday after an intense final-hours campaign focused on the island's ailing economy. Voters want higher salaries, cheaper housing and more jobs. Both top candidates say they have solutions.
- Taiwan to elect new president, Legislature Saturday CNA 15 Jan 2016 -- Taiwanese voters will go to the polls Saturday to elect a new president and a new Legislature, and the results are expected later in the day.
- Voters to decide on a new Legislature in Taiwan CNA 15 Jan 2016 -- Besides electing a new president of the Republic of China, voters in Taiwan and its adjacent islands on Saturday will also decide on a new Legislature, the composition of which is far more uncertain but no less important.
- Taiwan has no plans for second Ma-Xi meeting: MAC CNA 15 Jan 2016 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) head Hsia Li-yan (夏立言) said Friday that his agency has no plans for a second meeting between the top leaders of Taiwan and mainland China before President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) steps down in May.
- China, Economy Focus of Taiwan Elections VOA 14 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan will hold a general election Saturday to elect the 14th president and vice president of the Republic of China, and all 113 seats of the 9th Legislative Yuan.
- China Skeptic Leads in Taiwan Presidential Race VOA 13 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's anti-China opposition party is holding its lead ahead of Saturday's pivotal presidential election even as the ruling Nationalist Party gains ground. The opposition's edge in opinion polls reflects popular discontent in Taiwan about how the current president has handled improved ties with old rival China.
- Taiwan-China Relations Seen Staying on Track After January Election VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The ocean strait that divides China from Taiwan was once a potential military flashpoint. Taiwan rules itself, but China says the two must eventually unify. Now Taiwan's anti-China party leads in opinion polls ahead of a presidential election Saturday. But signs show that the worst in relations may be over.
- Taiwan reiterates stance on South China Sea CNA 08 Jan 2016 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Friday that Taiwan has adopted an initiative to resolve the sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea peacefully while maintaining its sovereignty claim over the area.
- MOFA lists facts on Diaoyutai Islands CNA 07 Jan 2016 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday listed 10 facts to emphasize that the Diaoyutai Islands are an inherent part of the Republic of China's territory.
- Taiwan requests formal talks with Japan on comfort women issue CNA 06 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) on Wednesday summoned the Japanese representative to Taipei and laid out four requests that Taiwan wants to make in formal talks with Japan on the issue of 'comfort women.'
- Taiwan condemns North Korean hydrogen bomb test CNA 06 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan on Wednesday condemned North Korea's alleged detonation of a hydrogen bomb as a provocative action and called against any move that could undermine stability in the region.
- President pleased at Beijing's plan to open cross-strait transit CNA 05 Jan 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Tuesday expressed his appreciation of a decision by China to allow its nationals to transit through Taiwan on overseas trips.
- Taiwan decides on approach to talks with Japan on comfort women CNA 05 Jan 2016 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several government agencies on Tuesday devised an approach to planned negotiations with Japan on the issue of 'comfort women,' females who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories during World War II.
- Taiwan urges Japan to negotiate over 'comfort women' issue CNA 05 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan's representative office in Japan said Tuesday it will continue to ask Japan to negotiate the 'comfort women' issue with Taiwan, after Japan indicated that it does not intend to resolve the issue with other countries the same way it did with South Korea.
- Travel alert for China's Shanghai, Jiangxi raised after new H7N9 cases CNA 02 Jan 2016 -- Taiwan has raised a travel advisory for China's Shanghai City and Jiangxi Province by one level after two H7N9 avian flu cases were reported there, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.
- President touts cross-strait peace as his crowning achievement CNA 01 Jan 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said the peaceful, prosperous and sustainable development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations has successfully turned the strait from a flash point into a peace avenue.
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