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March 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Manila declines to comment on Taiwan's invitation to Taiping Island CNA 31 Mar 2016 -- The Philippines declined to comment Thursday on an invitation by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to send Philippine government representatives or lawyers to visit Taiping Island, which Taiwan claims as its territory, in the contested South China Sea.
- Ma urges cooperation before meeting with Tsai CNA 30 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou urged bipartisan cooperation and reconciliation to lead the country through future challenges in the open portion of his meeting with President-elect Tsai Ing-wen at Taipei Guest House on Wednesday.
- Mainland reiterates importance of 1992 Consensus to cross-Strait ties People's Daily 30 Mar 2016 -- Various achievements made during the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations would suffer if the political basis of the 1992 Consensus were undermined, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
- China warns Taiwan not to pass law on bilateral ties Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- China has warned Taiwan against passing a law that would govern cross-strait relations, saying the move would present an obstacle to the development of the mutual ties.
- China Warns Taiwan on Trade Supervisory Bill VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- China has warned Taiwan that a new law under review in the island's legislature could hurt the ability of the two sides to conduct negotiations and further ties.
- Most people in Taiwan in favor of cross-strait status quo CNA 29 Mar 2016 -- An 86.7 percent of people in Taiwan are in favor of maintaining the status quo of the relations between the two sides of Taiwan Strait, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday by the Cabinet-level Council Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).
- DPP likely to propose draft bill on monitoring cross-strait pacts CNA 29 Mar 2016 -- The legislative caucus of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will likely put forth its draft bill on the monitoring of agreements between Taiwan and China, according to a decision reached at a meeting of party officials and party members holding public offices Tuesday.
- Taiwan to set up law banning people from joining ISIS CNA 28 Mar 2016 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) said Monday that it will deliver to the Legislature during its current session a bill that bans Taiwan nationals from joining ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks around the world, including the one in Brussels last week that killed at least 30 people and wounded 230 others.
- 8 people in Taiwan have shown interest in joining ISIS: NSB CNA 28 Mar 2016 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) is monitoring eight people in Taiwan who have shown an interest in joining the Islamic State (ISIS), NSB Director-General Yang Kuo-chiang (楊國強) said Monday.
- New KMT chief 'to remain on peaceful path' People's Daily 28 Mar 2016 -- Hung Hsiu-chu, the newly elected chairwoman of the Kuomintang in Taiwan, is expected to remain on a track of peaceful development laid down by current Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, mainland analysts said on Sunday.
- Ma-Tsai meeting to focus on power transfer, diplomatic issues People's Daily 27 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (???) will discuss the transfer of power and cross-Taiwan Strait and diplomatic issues when they meet this coming week, according to officials handling the transition.
- Hung Hsiu-chu elected Kuomintang's first female leader People's Daily 26 Mar 2016 -- Former Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) was elected to head Taiwan's Kuomintang in a by-election for the party's chairperson on Saturday and will become its first-ever female leader.
- Taiwan, China lack conditions for unification: President Ma CNA 26 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has said in a recent media interview that both he and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) are well aware that the conditions for the unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are lacking at present.
- President invites Philippine officials to visit Taiping Island CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) invited the Philippines Thursday to send representatives or lawyers to visit Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea to obtain correct knowledge of the island.
- No response from Manila on Taiping visit invitation CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- The Philippine government had not responded as of Thursday noon to an invitation extended by Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) a day earlier for Philippine lawyers and international arbitrators working on a South China Sea case to visit Taiping Island in the South China Sea, which Taiwan claims as its territory.
- Military joins local government disaster drill in central Taiwan CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- About 800 servicemen were mobilized Thursday to take part in a large-scale disaster drill held by a local government in central Taiwan as part of an effort to improve the country's disaster response.
- Taiwan wants China to face reality of separate rules since 1949 CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged mainland China to face the reality that both sides of the Taiwan Strait have been under separate rule over the past 67 years.
- Chinese premier stresses vital importance of '1992 consensus' CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang seemed eager to drive home a message to Taiwan's next government when he met with former Vice President Vincent Siew Thursday, that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to "one China" -- a fact that Li said cannot be changed.
- President-elect urged to specify nature of cross-strait relations CNA 24 Mar 2016 -- China has expressed hope that Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will clearly specify her idea of what is the nature of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
- China mulling designated name for Taiwan to join AIIB: official CNA 23 Mar 2016 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan said Wednesday that the issue of what name should be used by Taiwan to participate in the Beijing-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is now "under discussion."
- China Relations with The Gambia Raises Concerns in Taiwan VOA 23 Mar 2016 -- A small West African country's establishment of relations with China this month is raising concern in Taiwan of a new fight to retain its few diplomatic allies around the world and exert international influence.
- Taiwan details South China Sea policy CNA 22 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a position paper to lay out the Republic of China's policy on the South China Sea Tuesday, one day before representatives of foreign media will have an opportunity to visit a Taiwan-controlled island in the disputed region.
- Indonesian vessel fires 12 bullets into Taiwanese fishing boat CNA 22 Mar 2016 -- An Indonesian government vessel that fired upon a Taiwanese fishing boat Monday left the boat with 12 bullet holes, with two bullets passing through the cabin, the Liuchiu Fishermen's Association said Tuesday.
- Taiwan demands evidence from Indonesia in shooting incident CNA 22 Mar 2016 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday demanded that Indonesia provide evidence to support its claims that two Taiwanese fishing boats were poaching in its territorial waters and attempted to ram an Indonesian patrol vessel before they were fired upon on Monday.
- President-elect hopes China can display more good will CNA 21 Mar 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said there is a rare opportunity for Taiwan and China to display good will and build mutual trust between now and her inauguration on May 20.
- Taiwan's Boao delegate urges separation of politics, economics CNA 21 Mar 2016 -- Former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) is expected to express Taiwan's stance during the Boao Forum for Asia that kicks off Tuesday in China that economic and trade relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should not be affected by political change, an executive of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation said Monday.
- DPP denies talk of downgrading allies' importance CNA 19 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday denied a media report which said voices are mounting within the party arguing that 'diplomatic allies are useless' to Taiwan.
- No need for Taiwan, mainland to target each other: Tsai CNA 18 Mar 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday that there is no need for Taiwan and mainland China to target each other and she hoped that the resumption of diplomatic ties between mainland China and The Gambia was not such an act.
- Taiwan strongly protests resumption of Gambia-China diplomatic ties CNA 18 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan voiced strong protest Friday over a decision by The Gambia and China to resume diplomatic ties two years after the African country severed relations with Taiwan.
- The Gambia needs financial aid from mainland China: Taiwanese official CNA 18 Mar 2016 -- The Gambia needs financial assistance from foreign countries to improve its domestic economy, a Taiwanese official said Friday while commenting on the reason behind the African country resuming diplomatic ties with mainland China two years after it severed relations with Taiwan.
- Gambia case seen as warning to Taiwan's president-elect CNA 18 Mar 2016 -- The head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday that many people regard China's move to resume diplomatic relations with The Gambia as a warning to Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
- China could sanction Taiwan if unhappy with Tsai's inauguration speech CNA 17 Mar 2016 -- China could take three different actions against Taiwan if it is dissatisfied with the May 20 inauguration speech by President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the head of Taiwan's National Security Bureau said Thursday.
- Resumption of Gambia-China diplomatic ties regrettable: Taiwan CNA 17 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan expressed regret Thursday over a decision by The Gambia and China to resume diplomatic ties two years after the African country severed relations with Taiwan.
- Ma strongly dissatisfied over resumption of Gambia-China official ties CNA 17 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) expressed strong dissatisfaction Thursday over a decision by The Gambia and China to resume diplomatic ties two years after the African country severed relations with Taiwan.
- China, Gambia resume diplomatic ties People's Daily 17 Mar 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Gambian counterpart Neneh MacDouall-Gaye signed a joint communique here Thursday to resume diplomatic relations.
- MAC head hopes institutionalized negotiations with China will continue CNA 16 Mar 2016 -- The two sides of the Taiwan Strait should continue their efforts to hold institutionalized negotiations and deepen exchanges in all areas, Taiwan's top China policy planner said Wednesday, while receiving a delegation of U.S. scholars.
- China to Build Relations, Boost Cooperation With Taiwan - Prime Minister Sputnik 16 Mar 2016 -- Premier Li Keqiang said that China will seek to build relations with Taiwan in an effort to improve economic cooperation.
- US House Passes Bill Backing Taiwan's Participation in Interpol VOA 15 Mar 2016 -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Monday in support of Taiwan's participation in the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol.
- Chill in Taiwan-China Ties Expected After Change of Leadership VOA 14 Mar 2016 -- As Taipei's president-elect prepares to take office in May, ever tense but recently improved relations between China and Taiwan appear headed into a new slump, with the two sides unable to agree on how to hold talks that would build trust and allow the signing of agreements.
- Taiwan Marine Corps will not join U.S. drill in Hawaii: Navy CNA 13 Mar 2016 -- The Navy on Sunday denied an online media report that Taiwan's armed forces have been invited to take part in a United States-led military exercise next summer.
- 14 military officers to be punished for inappropriate action CNA 11 Mar 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Friday a list of 14 military officers to be punished over the controversial handling of a case that led to accusations of an illegal search by military police.
- China's Position on US Arms Sales to Taiwan Consistent and Firm: FM People's Daily 11 Mar 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a press conference on the sidelines of the fourth session of China's 12th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Li Xin]
- Taiwan to spend NT$5.76 billion in weapon systems development CNA 09 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan will allocate NT$5.76 billion (US$175 million) this year for research and development into home-grown weapon systems, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.
- U.S. wants to maintain dialogue with Taiwan: official CNA 08 Mar 2016 -- The United States wants to maintain dialogue with Taiwan, which is a strong partner of the country, a U.S. State Department official said Monday.
- Not much chance of meeting between Tsai and Xi: official CNA 08 Mar 2016 -- The likelihood of a meeting between Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ying-wen (蔡英文) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) is not great, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said Tuesday.
- Defense ministry apologizes for furor over search case CNA 07 Mar 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense issued a public apology Monday over the controversy caused by military police's visit to a civilian's home in connection with an alleged online sale of classified government documents.
- Civilian's house was not searched: Military Police Command CNA 07 Mar 2016 -- No actual search action was carried out by military police at the home of a civilian who was suspected of selling classified government documents online, a general at the Military Police Command (MPC) said Monday.
- Military police's move to recover documents inappropriate: premier CNA 07 Mar 2016 -- The military police's efforts to obtain old government documents that were being advertised for sale online -- that have sparked accusations of an illegal search -- were inappropriate, Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Monday.
- China's Beijing-Taipei high-speed rail plan unilateral: minister CNA 07 Mar 2016 -- China's proposal to construct a high-speed rail line between Beijing and Taipei as a national project is a unilateral idea that has not been mentioned to Taiwan, Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇) said Monday.
- Undersea tunnel across the Taiwan Straits technologically ready: NPC deputy People's Daily 07 Mar 2016 -- Zhang Zhaomin, Director of FTA of Pingtan county in Fujian province and deputy to the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), told media in Beijing that the undersea tunnel project of Beijing-Taipei Expressway is technologically ready to proceed. The realization of the project depends on the decision of Taiwan.
- '1992 consensus' recognized as key to cross-strait peace: MAC CNA 06 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan has reaffirmed that the '1992 consensus' and 'one China, different interpretations' are the key to institutionalized talks and interactions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait after Chinese leaders made similar remarks stressing Beijing will adhere to the consensus as a political foundation.
- China will not make direct contact with DPP: Beijing negotiator CNA 06 Mar 2016 -- China will not make direct contact with Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) unless the party changes the Taiwan independence clause in its party platform, the top Chinese negotiator with Taiwan said Sunday.
- Military police accused of illegal search of civilian's home CNA 06 Mar 2016 -- The Military Police Command said Sunday that a recent investigation into an illegal online sale of classified government documents was legal, after it was accused of searching the seller's home without a warrant.
- Beijing not to permit Taiwan split from China: President Xi Press TV 06 Mar 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned Taiwan against any independence drive, saying Beijing will never give the self-ruled island nation permission to break off from the mainland.
- China's President Warns Taiwan Against Moves Toward Independence VOA 06 Mar 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a strong warning to Taiwan and its incoming, independence-leaning government.
- Chinese premier reaffirms '1992 consensus' CNA 05 Mar 2016 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) reaffirmed Saturday that China will insist on the '1992 consensus' and continue to oppose Taiwan independence.
- President Xi warns against 'Taiwan independence' in any form People's Daily 05 Mar 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned against 'Taiwan independence,' saying the historical tragedy of national secession will not be allowed to repeat.
- Fishing area boundaries not part of Taiwan-Japan fishery talks CNA 04 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan and Japan agreed at a meeting on Friday to maintain existing fishing rules in waters north of the Yaeyama Islands and did not touch on curtailing access to Taiwanese fishermen to waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands, a Taiwanese official said.
- Prosecutors investigate Coast Guard cutter controversy CNA 03 Mar 2016 -- Prosecutors and investigators went to the headquarters of the Maritime Patrol Directorate-General (MPDG) in New Taipei's Tamsui District Thursday to examine documents regarding a cutter belonging to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and question officials who were involved in its construction.
- Taiwan urges Beijing to 'take pragmatic approach to ROC Constitution' CNA 03 Mar 2016 -- Taiwan urged China to look at the Constitution of the Republic of China in a practical manner, noting that the government's China policy has always been made based on the 'one China (ROC), two areas' principle
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