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June 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan, Japan to hold talks on maritime cooperation in late July CNA 30 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan and Japan are scheduled to hold their first dialogue on maritime cooperation in Taipei in late July to discuss issues such as fishery cooperation and response to maritime emergencies, a foreign affairs official said Thursday.
- Taiwan-China hotline not in use: MAC chief CNA 30 Jun 2016 -- The hotline set up between Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) is currently not in use, but communication between the two sides on a joint crime-fighting agreement remains uninterrupted, officials said Thursday.
- Tsai urges China to see her goodwill, be flexible CNA 30 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called Wednesday during her first overseas trip as head of state for understanding and flexibility from China in efforts to make progress in relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- Accumulating goodwill will help cross-strait ties: president CNA 30 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that if the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can work to accumulate goodwill, it would help improve cross-strait ties and create harmony in the relationship.
- Taiwan's 'checkbook diplomacy' ended long ago: president CNA 30 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that the "checkbook diplomacy" Taiwan was once criticized for has long been a thing of the past.
- Taiwan keeps door open to China for bilateral communication: MAC CNA 29 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan has kept its door open to China for bilateral contact and communication, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.
- Cross-Taiwan Strait interaction not entirely cut off: premier CNA 28 Jun 2016 -- Interactions between Taiwan and China have not been completely cut off, and the government is making efforts to reach out to China, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday.
- Taiwan-US to Test Missile Defense System as Threat of War with China Grows Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- In its push for full independence, Taipei looks to the Obama administration for support, a move that could result in a catastrophic war.
- Taiwan to test-fire missile system in US Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan has announced that it plans to carry out the first test of its latest missile system in the US amid tensions with China.
- President seeks U.S. support during Miami transit stop CNA 26 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) sought U.S. Congress support for Taiwan's indigenous submarine program and talked about trade-related issues when meeting with U.S. Congress members during a transit stop in Miami Friday, according to Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Tseng Hou-jen (曾厚仁).
- U.S. representative welcomes Tsai in Miami, voices support for Taiwan CNA 26 Jun 2016 -- The chairwoman emeritus of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, welcomed Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) Saturday in Miami, Florida, expressing her support for Taiwan and hope for the two nations to become better friends and allies.
- DPP caucus accuses China of 'blackmailing, coercing' Taiwan CNA 25 Jun 2016 -- The legislative caucus of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reacted angrily Sunday to China's suspension of official communications with Taiwan, saying that forcing Taiwanese to accept its version of the "1992 Consensus" is tantamount to "blackmailing and coercing."
- Cross-strait communication suspended after May 20: Chinese official CNA 25 Jun 2016 -- China on Saturday rejected Taiwan's protest over the handover of Taiwanese fraud suspects caught overseas to Chinese authorities, saying for the first time that the cross-Taiwan Strait communications mechanism "has been suspended" since a new government was sworn in in Taipei last month.
- Beijing cuts contact with Taiwan over Tsai pro-indep. stance Press TV 25 Jun 2016 -- China has cut off contact with the main Taiwan liaison body as a result of the refusal of the self-ruled island nation's new president to recognize the so-called One China concept.
- Mainland China Suspends Cross-Strait Communication With Taiwan Sputnik 25 Jun 2016 -- Mainland China has suspended the the cross-Taiwan Strait communication mechanism after Taiwan refused to recognize the 1992 Consensus, An Fengshan, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Saturday.
- New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties VOA 24 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She'll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.
- Navy to earmark NT$470 billion for shipbuilding projects CNA 20 Jun 2016 -- The Navy is slated to allocate NT$470 billion (US$14.59 billion) for 12 shipbuilding projects during the 2018-2040 period, Navy Command Headquarters Chief of Staff Vice Adm. Mei Chia-shu (梅家樹) said Monday.
- Minister makes pitch to retain operations of obscure agency CNA 20 Jun 2016 -- Minister without Portfolio Lin Mei-chu said Monday that the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission (MTAC), which she heads, should be retained but can be merged with other government departments.
- Taiwan, U.S. to hold defense review talks soon: sources CNA 17 Jun 2016 -- Defense officials from Taiwan and the United States will meet soon for the first time since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in May, to discuss exchanges between their armed forces and joint training programs, sources said Thursday.
- Taiwan, Japan to resolve Okinotori dispute: official CNA 16 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan is determined to address the dispute with Japan over fishing near the Okinotori atoll in talks scheduled for late July, an official said Thursday.
- Premier will not rule out cross-strait 'track two' dialogue CNA 14 Jun 2016 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday that the government will not rule out the possibility of "track two" dialogue with China, as long as it is based on the principles of dignity and reciprocity.
- AIT director calls for patience in development of cross-strait ties CNA 14 Jun 2016 -- The director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) called Tuesday for patience for Taiwan and China to develop their relations, saying that it will take time for the two sides to become familiar when it comes to a new relationship.
- China promotes unification, condemns Taiwan's new government CNA 13 Jun 2016 -- China has stepped up efforts to promote cross-Taiwan Strait unification after the May 20 inauguration of the new government under Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the head of Taiwan's Overseas Community Affairs Commission said Monday.
- Taiwan Bars Pro-China Ex-President from Hong Kong Visit VOA 12 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan's China-suspicious government has barred former president Ma Ying-jeou from a visit to Hong Kong, citing security reasons and too little contact with authorities on the other side.
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 Jun 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Pressure From Local Forces Restricts ISIL, Inherent Resolve Spokesman Says AFPS 08 Jun 2016 -- Local forces in Iraq and Syria are pressuring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at multiple points on the battlefield, restricting the terrorist army's mobility and options, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Col. Garver via teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq DoD 08 Jun 2016 -- Presenter: Colonel Christopher Garver, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman
- President reaffirms goal of nuclear-free Taiwan by 2025 CNA 08 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) stressed Wednesday that her administration's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025 "has never changed and will never change."
- Taiwan not sending ammunition to Taiping Island: defense minister CNA 07 Jun 2016 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Tuesday that the military will ship ammunition to the Pratas Islands and not Taiping Island in the Spratly archipelago.
- Difficult to set defense budget at 3% of GDP: premier CNA 07 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan's current financial situation would make it difficult to reach the government's target of allocating 3 percent of the gross national product (GDP) to national defense, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday.
- President demands stricter discipline for Military Police CNA 07 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) demanded stricter discipline for the Military Police when she inspected the unit that guards the capital city Tuesday.
- Presidential Office urges peace in South China Sea CNA 06 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan's government believes that claimants to territory in the South China Sea should justify their claims based on international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Monday.
- Taiwan will reject any ADIZ by China over South China Sea: minister CNA 06 Jun 2016 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Monday that Taiwan will not recognize any designation of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) which Beijing would reportedly establish over the South China Sea.
- Taiwan, China testing each other's bottom lines: security agency CNA 05 Jun 2016 -- Taipei and Beijing, deadlocked over the "1992 consensus," are testing each other's bottom lines in regard to the political foundation of their bilateral relations, the National Security Bureau (NSB) has said, suggesting that Taipei keep communicating with its rival and try to build a bridge of mutual trust.
- President reaffirms self-reliant national defense for Taiwan CNA 04 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reaffirmed her administration's determination to push for a self-reliant national defense force when she boarded a domestically built warship off Yilan in eastern Taiwan Saturday.
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