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April 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan patrol boats to protect fishermen near disputed Japanese atoll CNA 30 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan will send two patrol ships Sunday to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area.
- Taiwan patrol boats to protect fishermen near disputed Japanese atoll CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan will send two patrol ships to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area, Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration said Friday.
- Taiwan proposes international arbitration for Okinotori dispute CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Friday that Japan's claim that the Okinotori atoll is an "island" violates the rights of fishermen everywhere and that Taiwan is not ruling out the idea of submitting the dispute to international arbitration.
- Taiwan ups the ante in protest against seizure of fishing boat (update) CNA 29 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) on Friday summoned Japan's de facto ambassador in Taipei to lodge a formal protest against the seizure earlier this week of a Taiwanese fishing boat on the high seas near a Japanese-controlled atoll.
- Taiwan to lodge strong protest with Japan for fishing boat detention CNA 28 Apr 2016 -- Foreign Affairs Minister David Lin (林永樂) will summon Japan's representative to Taiwan Friday to convey Taiwan's strong protest against the Japanese coast guard's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean early this week.
- Taiwan to uphold rights to fish on high seas: president CNA 28 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reaffirmed Thursday that Taiwan will uphold the freedom of its fishermen operating on the high seas and will not budge on this position.
- Japan's claim that Okinotori is an island is 'illegal': president CNA 27 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) issued a stern statement Wednesday condemning Japan's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in a disputed area of the Pacific, saying Japan's claim that Okinotori Atoll is an island violates international law.
- Tsai vows to promote ties with China based on Taiwan people's will CNA 27 Apr 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Wednesday that her administration will promote ties with China based on democratic principles and on Taiwanese public opinion.
- Ex-PLA spy fails appeal in Taiwan after 4-year sentence CNA 27 Apr 2016 -- The Taiwan High Court upheld Wednesday a ruling by a lower court that sentenced a former Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer last year to four years in prison for violation of the National Security Act.
- Taiwan disputes Japan's claim of rights over Okinotori reefs CNA 26 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan stressed Tuesday that it does not accept Japan's claim that the Okinotori reefs in the Pacific Ocean are entitled to a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, noting that it is a disputed issue and needs further negotiations among the parties involved.
- Taiwan disputes Japan's right to detain fishing boat near Okinotori CNA 25 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday Japan's detention of a Taiwanese fishing boat in a disputed area of the Pacific was unacceptable, while the family of detained captain Pan Chien-peng (潘建鵬) has prepared NT$1.7 million (US$52,527) as a "security deposit" to seek his early release.
- Taiwan holds computer-aided war games CNA 25 Apr 2016 -- The military began a series of computer-aided war games Monday that will continue non-stop for five days and four nights, as part of this year's Han Kuang series of military exercises, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Taiwan's military 13th strongest in the world: report CNA 24 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan has the 13th most powerful military in the world, and is ranked the fifth strongest in terms of the number of attack helicopters, according to a report on globalization by the Credit Suisse Research Institute.
- U.S. House committee reaffirms Taiwan Relations Act CNA 21 Apr 2016 -- A U.S. House of Representatives committee has unanimously passed a bipartisan measure to reaffirm the Taiwan Relations Act and the "Six Assurances" -- the guidelines used to conduct relations between the United States and Taiwan.
- Taiwan officials arrive in Beijing to discuss fraud suspects CNA 20 Apr 2016 -- A 10-member delegation from Taiwan, led by a senior justice ministry official, arrived in Beijing Wednesday at noon to hold discussions with Chinese officials about the detention of 43 Taiwanese suspects in a cross-border telecom fraud operation.
- No easy task to bring back 45 detained nationals in China: premier CNA 20 Apr 2016 -- Premier Simon Chang (張善政) said Wednesday that it will not be easy to bring back 45 Taiwanese nationals deported to China by Kenya for alleged telecom fraud.
- Taiwan hopes to talk with China on detained nationals this week CNA 18 Apr 2016 -- Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) said Monday that her ministry has set this week as the target for traveling to mainland China to negotiate over 45 Taiwan nationals currently detained there in connection with telephone scams in Kenya.
- Taiwan protests Japan's claim to Diaoyutais in diplomatic paper CNA 15 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan on Friday issued a strong protest over Japan's claim in its annual diplomatic paper that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands are part of its territory.
- Taiwan to send mission to China to deal with Kenya deportation issue CNA 15 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan's government will send a delegation to China next week to visit a group of 45 Taiwanese fraud suspects, who were sent there from Kenya, and to discuss their release, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.
- Taiwan works to prevent deportation of more fraud suspects to China CNA 15 Apr 2016 -- The Taiwan government has been working to ensure 52 nationals detained in Malaysia for alleged phone scams are not sent to China, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said Friday.
- Downgrading of Taiping Island to a rock will be illegal: President Ma CNA 14 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Thursday reiterated that the Republic of China (Taiwan) holds sovereignty over Taiping Island and said that any international court ruling that downgrades the legal status of Taiping (太平島) from an "island" to a "rock" will be illegal and will hurt the ROC's sovereignty.
- Taiwan should have defensive deterrence capacity: president-elect CNA 14 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan does not need to engage in an arms race with China, but it must have a defensive deterrence capacity, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday.
- Taiwan protests as Kenya cites 'one China' policy in deportations CNA 13 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan issued a strong protest Wednesday after Kenya cited the "one China" policy as grounds for deporting several Taiwanese citizens to China after they were accused of phone fraud.
- Taiwan suing Kenya over illegal deportation of its nationals CNA 13 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan has taken legal action against Kenya for what it called the illegal deportation of its nationals to China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
- MND says it has no information about alleged espionage case CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- The United States has not contacted Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) about a reported case of a Taiwan-born U.S. Navy officer who has been accused of spying for both Taiwan and China, an MND spokesman said Tuesday.
- Tsai calls for early cross-strait negotiations over deportation row CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called Tuesday for China to start negotiations with Taiwan immediately to address the issue of Taiwanese nationals sent by Kenya to China in connection with phone fraud in the African country.
- Taiwan to send officials to China amid Taiwanese deportation row CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has directed relevant government agencies to contact China and send Taiwanese representatives there to express Taiwan's stern stance over the sending to China of Taiwanese nationals in connection with phone fraud in Kenya and to handle the issue, a Presidential Office spokesman said Tuesday.
- Taiwan to seek return of nationals taken to China from Kenya CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan will seek the return of several of its nationals deported by Kenya to China, even though Beijing has jurisdiction in a fraud investigation involving the Taiwan nationals because the alleged crimes targeted Chinese nationals, Taiwanese officials said Tuesday.
- Taiwan bashes Kenya for sending another 37 Taiwanese to China CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan is indignant that Kenya police brandished submachine guns and tear gas to force 37 Taiwan nationals suspected of phone fraud to board a plane bound for China on Tuesday.
- Taiwan strongly protests China's 'abduction' of its nationals CNA 12 Apr 2016 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) lodged a strong protest against China late Monday over its "abduction" of Taiwan nationals in connection with a phone fraud case in Kenya.
- Military Expert: Suspected US Navy Spy Likely Had Valuable Signals Intel VOA 12 Apr 2016 -- A military expert says the U.S. Navy officer who is facing espionage charges for allegedly passing state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, may have been in possession of valuable signals intelligence.
- Kenya Deporting More Taiwanese Citizens to China VOA 12 Apr 2016 -- Kenya is preparing to deport another group of Taiwanese nationals to China, after a similar action prompted Taiwan to accuse Beijing of kidnapping.
- President demands return of Taiwan nationals sent to China CNA 11 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) demanded Monday that China return eight Taiwan nationals who were sent there from Kenya three days ago in connection with a phone fraud case in Nairobi.
- MND declines comment on U.S. naval officer's espionage charge CNA 11 Apr 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) declined to comment Monday on a report that a Taiwanese-American naval flight officer has been accused of passing secrets to foreign countries.
- US Naval cmdr. charged over 'espionage for China, Taiwan' Press TV 11 Apr 2016 -- A US Navy flight commander has been nabbed, facing charges of espionage for China and Taiwan.
- US Navy Officer Faces Spy and Prostitution Charges VOA 11 Apr 2016 -- A U.S. Navy officer who is a naturalized citizen from Taiwan is facing espionage and other charges for allegedly passing state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan.
- Taiwan's President Visits Island to Assert Territorial Authority VOA 09 Apr 2016 -- Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, visited a remote island in the East China Sea Saturday to reassert Taiwan's sovereignty, and Taipei's role in the region where several islands are in dispute.
- President promotes peace during visit to islet near Diaoyutais CNA 09 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) unveiled a monument to his East China Sea Peace Initiative during a visit to an islet near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands Saturday, as part of his efforts to promote peace in the region.
- Ma vows to closely follow Diaoyutai issues after he steps down CNA 09 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Saturday that even after he steps down in May, he will maintain a keen interest in matters related to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Ma to promote peace during visit to islet near Diaoyutais CNA 08 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will unveil a monument to his East China Sea peace initiative when he visits an islet near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands on Saturday, during which he will also speak about his vision of peace in the East China and South China seas, as well as the Taiwan Strait.
- Ma urges new government to maintain stance on South China Sea CNA 08 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Friday said he stressed during a recent meeting with President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), that issues related to national territory should not be subject to partisan considerations.
- President to unveil peace monument on islet near Diaoyutais CNA 08 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will unveil a monument to his East China Sea peace initiative when he visits an islet near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands Saturday, ahead of the third anniversary of a historic agreement between Taiwan and Japan to address fishing disputes in their overlapping waters.
- Ma again invites Philippine officials to visit Taiping Island CNA 07 Apr 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Thursday repeated his invitation to the Philippines to send representatives or lawyers to visit Taiwan-held Taiping Island in the disputed South China Sea.
- Tsai promises to boost cross-strait exchanges, communication CNA 06 Apr 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that her administration will step up exchanges and communication with the Chinese government and will commit to maintaining peaceful and stable relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
- No cooperation with China in South China Sea: Taiwan CNA 04 Apr 2016 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) has its own foreign policy and will not join forces with China or act in its interests on South China Sea issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
- DPP pledges to work to maintain cross-strait stability CNA 02 Apr 2016 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday said it has taken note of a statement by the U.S. government encouraging Taipei and Beijing to continue their efforts to maintain cross-Taiwan Strait peace and stability.
- Taiwan reiterates commitment to cross-strait peace CNA 01 Apr 2016 -- The Presidential Office on Friday reiterated President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) commitment to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait, after the Taiwan issue was raised during a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).
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