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September 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. values Taiwan's international contribution: official CNA 28 Sep 2016 -- Washington values Taiwan's ability to participate in international affairs, particularly in international organizations for which statehood is not a prerequisite, and believes Taiwan has a lot to offer the international community, a senior U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.
- DPP calls for continued dialogue between Taiwan, China CNA 28 Sep 2016 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday urged China to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and continue the dialogue and communication between the two sides.
- China may step up pressure on Taiwan on 'one-China' issue: MAC CNA 27 Sep 2016 -- The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a report that China may increase the pressure on Taiwan's new government to shift its cross-strait policy in the direction of recognizing the "one-China" principle before Beijing holds a major political conference next year.
- U.S. encourages constructive cross-strait engagement: official CNA 24 Sep 2016 -- Washington encourages the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to engage each other on the basis of dignity and respect, a senior U.S. State Department official said Friday, after Taiwan was not invited to attend an upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly, apparently due to China's objections.
- Taiwan Snubbed by ICAO, Under Pressure from China VOA 23 Sep 2016 -- A U.N. aviation agency has not invited Taiwan to its September conference in Canada, the latest sign that China is putting more pressure on Taiwan's new government.
- Google Reviewing Request to Blur Map of Disputed South China Sea Islet VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Google says it is reviewing a request from Taiwan to blur satellite images of the government's chief islet in the South China Sea.
- Defense Ministry to recruit 'weekend warriors' next year CNA 21 Sep 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will try to recruit 400 reservists next year for short-term military service, an MND official revealed Wednesday.
- Tsai lauds indigenous ship program at ceremony for new CGA vessels CNA 21 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that Taiwan's efforts to build its own military vessels are intended to ensure sustainable maritime development and participate in maritime rescue missions rather than as a show of force.
- Taiwan protests exclusion from U.N. fisheries meeting CNA 21 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan has lodged a protest against the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for excluding Taiwanese officials from a July meeting of the FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
- Taiwan officials forced out of UN fisheries meeting allegedly by China CNA 21 Sep 2016 -- Two Taiwan officials were forced to leave a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations' Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in Italy in July, allegedly due to pressure from China, a Taiwan official confirmed Wednesday.
- MND dismisses report of missile project halt CNA 20 Sep 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) dismissed as "mere speculation" Tuesday a media report that the government has decided to terminate efforts to develop a medium-range surface-to-surface guided missile as a goodwill gesture to China.
- Two new Coast Guard cutters to be commissioned Wednesday CNA 19 Sep 2016 -- Two new 1000-ton Class Coast Guard Administration cutters will be officially commissioned at a ceremony to be held at the Port of Kaohsiung on Wednesday, the CGA announced Monday.
- KMT rebuts amid controversy over local leaders' visit to China CNA 19 Sep 2016 -- The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) rebutted charges by the government led by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Monday of damaging Taiwan's dignity and sovereignty after a group of eight local government chiefs met China's top Taiwan affairs official in Beijing the previous day.
- Taiwan opposition delegation travels to China to forge ties Press TV 19 Sep 2016 -- A high-profile Taiwanese delegation consisting of opposition officials has broken ranks with the government and traveled to China to strengthen frosty ties amid tensions with Beijing.
- 8 Taiwan local government leaders visit Beijing (update 2) CNA 18 Sep 2016 -- Eight city and county government leaders of Taiwan held a "breakthrough" meeting with Beijing officials Sunday, urging China to seek ways to "reset and restart" cross-strait ties.
- Taiwan urges China not to set political conditions for exchanges CNA 18 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan's mainland affairs authorities reiterated the government stance Sunday that no political conditions should be attached to exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait so that true understanding can be possible between them.
- NATO experts take part in Taipei security meeting for first time CNA 17 Sep 2016 -- An ultra low-profile national security conference was held recently in Taipei with more than 10 international experts in the fields of global, international and national security participating, including experts from NATO making their first visit to Taiwan.
- Taiwanese passport ranks as 29th most powerful in the world CNA 17 Sep 2016 -- Taiwanese passports rank as the 29th most powerful in the latest global passport index, which was recently cited in the World Economic Forum website.
- Military personnel stand by as Typhoon Malakas nears Taiwan CNA 16 Sep 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has ordered 23,308 soldiers to be on standby as Typhoon Malakas approaches Taiwan.
- U.S. lawmakers propose allowing high-level visits from Taiwan CNA 16 Sep 2016 -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a Taiwan Travel Act on Thursday that seeks to lift restrictions and allow all high-level officials of Taiwan, including its president, to visit the United States.
- Taiwan planning to downsize overseas representative offices CNA 15 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan is planning to close some of its overseas representative offices in an effort to improve the overall efficiency of the country's overseas presence, in response to the diplomatic strategy of the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), foreign affairs officials have confirmed.
- Taiwanese delegation in U.S. to promote U.N. membership for Taiwan CNA 14 Sep 2016 -- A non-governmental Taiwanese delegation is currently in the United States to promote Taiwan's membership in the United Nations to coincide with the 71st Session of the U.N. General Assembly.
- China's goodwill key to Taiwan's ICAO bid: KMT caucus whip CNA 14 Sep 2016 -- China's goodwill is key to Taiwan's bid to participate in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and U.S. backing alone is not enough to push for the bid, an opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus whip said Wednesday.
- President reaffirms commitment to improve cross-strait ties CNA 14 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday reaffirmed her commitment to improve Taiwan's relations with China and pledged to help Taiwanese businessmen solve problems they face on the mainland.
- Mainland stresses firm opposition to "Taiwan independence" People's Daily 14 Sep 2016 -- Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, has said that any "Taiwan independence" activities will be firmly opposed.
- Foreign minister still optimistic about Taiwan's ICAO bid CNA 13 Sep 2016 -- Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Tuesday that he is optimistic about Taiwan's participation in this year's assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), despite the fact that Taiwan has so far not received an invitation to the meeting scheduled to kick off later this month.
- U.S. respects Taiwan's U.N. bid: MOFA CNA 13 Sep 2016 -- The United States has expressed understanding and respect for Taiwan's efforts to participate in international organizations, including the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
- President vows to improve military equipment during inspection tour CNA 12 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday promised to improve the personal equipment and living environment of the nation's troops during a visit to a military base in Hsinchu.
- Taiwan, China conduct repatriations under Kinmen Agreement CNA 12 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan's immigration authorities repatriated eight Chinese nationals from Matsu Monday, based on the Kinmen Agreement, while China handed over three Taiwanese.
- Taiwan continues international participation bids CNA 12 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan will continue its quest for greater participation in international organizations and activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday, with the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to open the following day.
- DPP wins local by-election, ending losing streak CNA 11 Sep 2016 -- Lin Che-ling of the Democratic Progressive Party won the township chief by-election of Khohu in southern Taiwan's Yunlin County, stopping the party's losing streak in local by-elections since the DPP administration took power on May 20.
- U.S. reported to approve torpedo sale to Taiwan CNA 09 Sep 2016 -- The United States will give the green light to a proposal to sell Mk-48 heavyweight torpedoes to Taiwan after many years of delay, the U.S.-based Defense News reported Thursday, citing an official at Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- Taiwan condemns North Korea's nuclear test CNA 09 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan condemned a nuclear test conducted by North Korea on Friday, calling it a provocative move and criticizing the Communist regime for disregarding the United Nations Security Council resolutions and ignoring the international society's call for it not to do so.
- Message to Beijing? US Set to Approve New Torpedo Sales to Taiwan Sputnik 09 Sep 2016 -- Last month, Taiwan approved a service extension for its two Dragon-class submarines. The sub upgrades will allow the craft, launched in the late 1980s, to operate for at least another 15 years. Additionally, the government plans to build eight new attack subs.
- Taiwan willing, able to make international contribution: Tsai CNA 08 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday that Taiwan should not be left out of the efforts to deal with international challenges, since it willing and able to contribute to the global community.
- MAC calls on China to talk on telecom fraud issue CNA 08 Sep 2016 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on China Thursday to hold talks with Taiwan as soon as possible on ways and means to effectively combat telecom scams that have hurt Chinese victims.
- 129 Chinese telecom fraud suspects brought back from Armenia People's Daily 08 Sep 2016 -- Chinese police have brought 129 telecom fraud suspects back from Armenia, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced on Wednesday.
- Taiwan protests Armenia's deportation of 78 Taiwanese to China CNA 07 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan on Wednesday lodged a strong protest against Armenia's forced deportation of 78 Taiwanese citizens suspected of telecom fraud to China, demanding an explanation from the Armenian authorities.
- Air Force to buy 66 advanced training planes CNA 06 Sep 2016 -- The Air Force is to purchase 66 advanced training planes as part of a plan to phase out all of its F-5 fighters and AT-3 training planes, Air Force Command Headquarters said in a statement released Tuesday.
- MAC calls for early passage of cross-strait agreement oversight bill CNA 06 Sep 2016 -- The head of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Tuesday that she hoped a bill to monitor cross-Taiwan Strait pacts will clear the legislative floor as soon as possible and that negotiations between Taiwan and China can resume soon.
- Chinese official wants 'something new' from Taiwan's top negotiator CNA 06 Sep 2016 -- China's Taiwan affairs minister said Tuesday that he would like to know whether Taiwan's top negotiator with China will insist on the "political foundation" for cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges and come up with new ideas for moving bilateral ties forward.
- Defense ministry denies report of military downsizing CNA 05 Sep 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday denied a media report that the government is planning to streamline the military by cutting 30,000 troops.
- Washington's stance on Taiwan unchanged: U.S. official CNA 04 Sep 2016 -- A U.S. official on Saturday reaffirmed the United States' stance toward Taiwan, after a Chinese state-owned news agency reported that U.S. President Barack Obama expressed the U.S.' "opposition" to "Taiwan independence" in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China Saturday.
- President salutes soldiers on Armed Forces Day CNA 03 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised soldiers for their contributions to safeguarding the country and saluted them for their efforts Saturday, Taiwan's Armed Forces Day.
- China Times: Massive protest by military, civil servants, teachers CNA 03 Sep 2016 -- Retired and some active military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets Sept. 3 to protest what they described as the smearing of them in the discussion of the retirement pension reform issue.
- President Tsai says she won't wink at 'stigmatization' of military CNA 02 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Friday that in the government's efforts to reform the country's retirement pension system, it will give special consideration to military personnel and will not wink at any attempts to stigmatize the military.
- Cross-strait relations facing 'grave challenge': Chinese official CNA 01 Sep 2016 -- Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), said Thursday that cross-strait relations are facing a "grave challenge" as the current Taiwan government has refused to recognize the "1992 consensus" and its core meaning.
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