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December 2016 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • President Tsai Ing-wen's full remarks at year-end press conference CNA 31 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday briefed both local and international reporters about her administration's work since assuming office on May 20 and their future direction.
  • Taiwan faces uncertain international situation in 2017: president CNA 31 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Saturday that Taiwan faces a more uncertain international situation in the first half of 2017, but assured the people of Taiwan that the nation has the strength needed to deal with such challenges.
  • President outlines government priorities for 2017 CNA 31 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that the government's work will focus on four key areas in 2017, the first of which is boosting Taiwan's slow economy.
  • President calls for benign cross-strait relations CNA 31 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday urged both sides of the Taiwan Strait to maintain peaceful relations, vowing that the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to commit to having positive exchanges with China and extending goodwill but will not succumb to pressure and threats.
  • China mulls measures against Taiwan: Sources Press TV 31 Dec 2016 -- Senior Chinese military officers say the country's army is considering strong measures to prevent Taiwan from moving toward independence as warming relations between the self-ruled island and the US raise concerns in Beijing.
  • China Wants Vatican to Mend Fences With Beijing, Ditch Taiwan Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- China is ready to engage in constructive dialogue with the Vatican and is hopeful that the Holy See will take practical steps to mend fences with Beijing, a senior Chinese official said.
  • Furious China Reiterates Warning to US Over Taiwan President Visit Sputnik 29 Dec 2016 -- Despite protests from China, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that President Tsai Ing-wen will stop in the US on her way to a diplomatic trip to Latin America.
  • China warns US against allowing Taiwan leader's stopover Press TV 29 Dec 2016 -- Beijing has called on Washington to reject the Taiwanese leader's request to make a stopover in the United States in January and possibly meet the new administration.
  • Law to prevent spying by retired military personnel passes 1st reading CNA 29 Dec 2016 -- A draft amendment to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Veterans Assistance Act, which is aimed at preventing Taiwanese retired military personnel from spying for foreign nations, passed its first reading in the Legislature on Thursday.
  • U.S. says new law not aimed at highlighting cross-strait tensions CNA 28 Dec 2016 -- The United States has a strong security relationship with Taiwan and its recent legislation on military exchanges with Taiwan was not aimed at highlighting tensions across the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
  • Tsai calls on state-run firms to help push New Southbound Policy CNA 28 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that state-run companies should play a greater role in promoting the government's New Southbound Policy and she also urged local governments to join the central government's efforts in that regard.
  • Taiwan says ties with Central American allies remain solid CNA 28 Dec 2016 -- The Presidential Office said Wednesday that Taiwan's diplomatic relations with four of its Central American allies are solid and the preparations for next week's visit there by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) are going smoothly.
  • Taiwan Mainland Spokesman Urges US to Stick to 'One China' Policy Sputnik 28 Dec 2016 -- An Fengshan, the spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that any attempt to disrupt "One China" policy was "doomed to fail."
  • Taiwan deploys jet fighters to monitor China's aircraft carrier CNA 27 Dec 2016 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) confirmed Tuesday that Taiwanese fighter jets were deployed and took photos of China's first aircraft carrier as it sailed in waters off eastern Taiwan recently.
  • China protests US defense bill People's Daily 27 Dec 2016 -- China lodged a protest with the United States for signing a defense act that included a call for senior military exchanges between the US and Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
  • Chinese aircraft carrier sails in waters south of Taiwan CNA 26 Dec 2016 -- China's first aircraft carrier sailed in waters south of Taiwan overnight with Taiwan's fighter jets and warships monitoring its movement and ready to respond, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • Taiwan monitoring China's first aircraft carrier drill CNA 26 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan has been monitoring China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was sailing in a southwesterly direction southeast of the Taiwan-held Dongsha islands in the South China Sea as of 2 p.m. Monday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
  • Diplomacy not zero-sum game: official CNA 26 Dec 2016 -- The Presidential Office on Monday expressed deep regret and discontent after China and Sao Tome and Principe announced their resumption of diplomatic relations earlier that day, saying that "diplomacy is not a zero-sum game."
  • US proposal for Taiwan military ties irks China Press TV 26 Dec 2016 -- China says it has filed "stern representations" with the United States over a bill newly signed by President Barack Obama that proposes military exchanges between the US and Taiwan.
  • Beijing Slams Washington for Taiwan Content in US Defense Spending Bill Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- China expressed severe criticism over US President Barack Obama's signing defense policy bill, which includes the provision on cooperation with Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
  • China aircraft carrier's planned drill warning for Taiwan CNA 25 Dec 2016 -- China's reported plan to sail its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, through the first island chain toward the Western Pacific should serve as a warning for Taiwan and the United States, according to a Hong Kong military commentator.
  • Beijing Sends 'Clear Signal' for US to Stick to 'One-China' Policy Sputnik 24 Dec 2016 -- With Donald Trump's inauguration now less than a month away, China reiterates the importance of honoring "key interests' in bilateral ties, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. In an interview with Sputnik China, political analyst Andrei Korneyev commented on the significance of Mr. Yi's statement for relations between China and the US.
  • Obama signs legislation backing military exchanges with Taiwan CNA 24 Dec 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2017, which included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
  • President visits Air Force Combatant Command CNA 24 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) visited the Air Force Combatant Command Friday to review the Air Force's training and exercise operations, the Presidential Office said in a statement Saturday.
  • No political preconditions for cross-strait exchanges: MAC CNA 24 Dec 2016 -- Setting political preconditions for exchanges and cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is not conducive to a normal and healthy development of cross-strait relations, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said on Saturday.
  • Minister reaffirms military's commitment to local submarine program CNA 23 Dec 2016 -- The military is committed to its locally- developed submarine program and once progress is made, it expects other countries to express interest in making submarine deals with Taiwan, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Friday.
  • Chinese official reiterates '1992 consensus' mantra CNA 23 Dec 2016 -- A senior Chinese official responsible for Taiwan affairs on Friday reiterated Beijing's insistence that the "1992 consensus" be an important anchor for cross-Taiwan Strait peace and stability.
  • Trump to bring uncertainty to Asia-Pacific region: Taiwan official CNA 23 Dec 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will bring tremendous uncertainty to the development in the Asia-Pacific region, and Taiwan will adjust its diplomatic strategy in response to international affairs, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Friday.
  • Beijing could continue to lure away Taiwan's allies: experts CNA 22 Dec 2016 -- China will continue to explore the possibility of luring away countries that maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the wake of one of them severing official ties with Taiwan, two China experts have said.
  • Sao Tome cuts ties and tolls bell for Taiwan 'diplomacy' People's Daily 22 Dec 2016 -- African island nation Sao Tome and Principe announced Tuesday that it has cut its so-called "diplomatic" ties with Taiwan and acknowledged sovereignty of the People's Republic of China.
  • Taiwan regrets Sao Tome termination of diplomatic ties CNA 21 Dec 2016 -- Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) on Wednesday expressed deep regret at the decision by Sao Tome and Principe to sever diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
  • ROC to break diplomatic ties with Sao Tome and Principe CNA 21 Dec 2016 -- It is a "sure thing" that Sao Tome and Principe in west Africa will break diplomatic ties with the Republic of China, a ranking official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan's Loss of a Diplomatic Ally Points to Growing Anger in China VOA 21 Dec 2016 -- A sudden break in relations between Taiwan and one of its few diplomatic allies points to growing anger in China toward the Taipei leadership and analysts warn of more such moves by Beijing.
  • Taiwan has full grasp of China's military movements: official CNA 20 Dec 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has a full grasp of China's military activity, has made proper preparations, and has complete response measures in place, a Presidential Office spokesman said Tuesday.
  • MND confirms minor air mishap involving 2 IDF fighter jets CNA 19 Dec 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed to the media Monday that two of its indigenous defense fighter (IDF) jets experienced a minor mishap during a tactical training mission Aug. 19, but both planes were able to complete emergency landings at the Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung, central Taiwan following the incident.
  • Air Force F-16 executes emergency landing at CCK airport CNA 19 Dec 2016 -- An F-16 fighter jet executed an emergency landing at Taichung Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) Airport following the malfunction of one of its two electric generators, an Air Force Command official confirmed on Monday.
  • Chinese aircraft avoided Taiwan's air defense zone: MND CNA 18 Dec 2016 -- Chinese military aircraft have circled Taiwan twice in the past four weeks but did not enter the country's air air defense identification zone (ADIZ), a defense ministry spokesman said after the People's Liberation Army posted a photo of the aircraft.
  • Trump, Obama statements on China benefit Taiwan: scholar CNA 18 Dec 2016 -- Recent comments on relations between the United States, China and Taiwan by U.S. President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of the one-China policy have created a favorable situation for Taiwan, a Taiwanese scholar said Sunday.
  • ROC is a sovereign country, committed to cross-strait peace: MAC CNA 17 Dec 2016 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country committed to promoting peaceful and stable relations with mainland China, Taiwan's top China policy planner said Saturday, in response to comments by U.S. President Barack Obama on the U.S.-China-Taiwan triangular relationship.
  • Full text of Obama comments on China, Taiwan CNA 17 Dec 2016 -- President Barak Obama on Friday gave one of his most elaborate comments to date on U.S. relations with China and Taiwan, saying the status quo, although not completely satisfactory, "has kept the peace and allowed the Taiwanese to be a pretty successful economy and a people who have a high degree of self-determination."
  • Presidential Office thanks Obama administration for deepening ties CNA 17 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan's Presidential Office on Saturday thanked the U.S. government for deepening U.S.-Taiwan relations and said it hopes to further strengthen ties with the incoming administration under President Donald Trump.
  • No country can be exception to One China principle: Chinese FM Press TV 16 Dec 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has lambasted US President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks concerning Washington's possible backtrack on the so-called One China policy, stating that the principle forms the basis for mutual ties and no country can be an exception to it.
  • What Does Trump Gain from Taiwan Call, What Can China do? VOA 16 Dec 2016 -- China has expressed "serious concerns" about President-elect Donald Trump's decision to call into question the United States' continued adherence to the "one China" policy. Since 1979, no United States president or president-elect has spoken directly with Taiwan. It's a policy based on a series of communiqués between Washington and Beijing and grounded in the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • Taiwan to strengthen ties with U.S, Japan, regional partners: Tsai CNA 15 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Thursday that Taiwan will continue to deepen relations with the United States, Japan and regional partners as it works to promote "across-the-board" cooperation.
  • Taiwan seeking to enhance defense capabilities CNA 14 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan's military is formulating a new national defense strategy to which the government plans to allocate more resources, in an effort to boost the country's defense capabilities, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan holds 'regular' air defense drill CNA 14 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan's military carried out an island wide air defense exercise on Wednesday morning, which the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said was part of annual drills aimed at familiarizing troops with air defense combat and related rapid response operations.
  • Possibility of Chinese Navy ships circling Taiwan not ruled out CNA 14 Dec 2016 -- Following reports of Chinese military aircraft flying close to Taiwan airspace, questions as to whether Chinese Navy ships could follow suit in Taiwan's maritime zones were answered by Taiwan's coast guard head on Wednesday as "possible."
  • Cabinet approves projects under 'New Southbound Policy' CNA 14 Dec 2016 -- The Cabinet on Wednesday gave approval for the implementation of a series of projects under the government's "New Southbound Policy," starting Jan. 1 next year.
  • French FM says Trump's remarks over one-China policy "not clever" People's Daily 14 Dec 2016 -- U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's remarks questioning the one-China policy principle "is not clever," French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault said Wednesday, calling the upcoming Trump Administration "to avoid things spiralling out of control."
  • China warns US against Taiwan recognition Press TV 14 Dec 2016 -- China has warned that a change in the United States' adherence to the "One China" policy and in favor of the official recognition of Taiwan will harm bilateral ties between Beijing and Washington and "seriously" damage peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
  • One-China principle cornerstone of peace, stability across Taiwan Strait: spokesperson People's Daily 14 Dec 2016 -- Adhering to the one-China principle is the political foundation to develop China-U.S. ties and a cornerstone for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday.
  • Analysts See Trump Comments on One China as Part of Bigger Game VOA 14 Dec 2016 -- President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion that the United States doesn't necessarily need to be bound by a "One China" policy, which was key to the establishment of diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing, has the Chinese leadership on edge and some wondering whether a rethink is on the horizon regarding relations with Taiwan.
  • Taiwan wants good relations with U.S., stable cross-strait ties CNA 13 Dec 2016 -- The goal of Taiwan's foreign policy is to build good relations with the international community and maintain a stable cross-Taiwan Strait relationship, the Presidential Office said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan to deal with Chinese aircraft encroachments 'fearlessly': MND CNA 13 Dec 2016 -- In the event that a Chinese military aircraft enters Taiwan's air space, the ROC military will handle the situation "fearlessly without evasion or weakness," a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. remains "firmly committed" to one-China policy: White House People's Daily 13 Dec 2016 -- The White House said on Monday the United States remains "firmly committed" to one-China policy.
  • Military conscription to stop completely from 2018: defense minister CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Monday that military conscription will cease, setting 2017 as the last year in which young men will be required to serve national conscription.
  • Chinese aircraft approach Taiwan airspace as 'warning': MND CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- The Chinese military was demonstrating its multi-dimensional capability to invade Taiwan when its aircraft flew deliberately close to Taiwan air space recently, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said on Monday.
  • Taiwan to accept Chinese military aircraft in distress: MND CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- If Chinese military aircraft have to land on Taiwan because of a mechanical failure, Taiwan will allow them to do so based on humanitarian grounds, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said on Monday.
  • Obama administration touts benefit of one-China policy CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- President Barak Obama's administration reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy on Monday in the wake of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Dec. 2 and his latest comments on the policy.
  • NSC secretary-general visits Washington as exchanges heat up CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) recently visited Washington D.C. amid increased exchanges following a call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a local newspaper reported Monday.
  • U.S. scholars unsure of Trump Administration stance on Taiwan CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- Two U.S. scholars specializing in Asian affairs expressed very different views on Sunday as to whether Taiwan will be used as a bargaining chip by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump in his dealings with China and whether Washington will change its one China policy.
  • Taiwan not to become a 'chip' in geopolitical game: officials CNA 12 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan will not become a "bargaining chip" in an international geopolitical game as long as it can keep its democracy and expand its international participation, officials said Monday.
  • China may end cooperation with US over Trump remarks: Beijing Press TV 12 Dec 2016 -- The Chinese government says it is "seriously concerned" by US President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks signaling that he may end Washington's commitment to the so-called One China policy.
  • China Expresses Concern With Trump's Rejection of One-China Policy on Taiwan Sputnik 12 Dec 2016 -- China is "seriously concerned" with the statements of US President-elect Donald Trump on One-China policy regarding relations with Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.
  • Big Trouble With Big China: Trump's Comments Spark Outrage in Chinese Media Sputnik 12 Dec 2016 -- On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump told Fox News that he may not be bound by the One China policy regarding US relations with Taiwan. Chinese state newspaper Global Times issued a fiery response, stressing that Beijing would not accept any attempt to try and bargain over the One China policy.
  • China: 'Serious Concern' About Trump's Taiwan Comments VOA 12 Dec 2016 -- China said Monday it has "serious concern" about comments by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump questioning whether the United States should continue its "one China" policy unless the Chinese government offers trade concessions.
  • White House: 'One-China' Policy Not a Bargaining Chip VOA 12 Dec 2016 -- The Obama administration says the United States should not use its "One China" policy as a "bargaining chip" with China.
  • China: 'Serious Concern' About Trump's Taiwan Comments VOA 12 Dec 2016 -- China said Monday it has "serious concern" about comments by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump questioning whether the United States should continue its "one China" policy unless the Chinese government offers trade concessions.
  • China's training missions near Taiwan a show of capability: experts CNA 11 Dec 2016 -- Two recent training missions by Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan can be regarded as strategical declaration by China that it is capable of engaging in military operations not just west of Taiwan, but also on the east side, according to two Taiwanese analysts.
  • Trump Rejects One-China Policy on Taiwan Sputnik 11 Dec 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump said that the conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was initiated by the Taiwanese side and involved Tsai's brief congratulations on his electoral victory.
  • Trump Questions Whether US Should Continue 'One China' Policy VOA 11 Dec 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump questioned Sunday whether the United States should continue its "one China" policy that includes its Taiwan province, unless Beijing offers concessions on trade and other issues.
  • Trump questions US commitment to 'one-China' policy Press TV 11 Dec 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has questioned America's commitment to the "one-China" principle in the China-Taiwan row, saying Washington should only side with Beijing on certain conditions.
  • Chinese aircraft circle near Taiwan again: MND CNA 10 Dec 2016 -- Chinese military aircraft circled near Taiwan on Saturday for the second time in less than a month but did not enter the country's air defense identification zone, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
  • China Condemns US Defense Bill Provision on Taiwan VOA 10 Dec 2016 -- China has spoken out against a U.S. defense bill passed Friday which includes a provision calling for yearly military exchanges with Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a breakaway province.
  • Taiwan to uphold sovereignty over islands in South China Sea: Tsai CNA 09 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday Taiwan will firmly uphold its sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea and its rights in the region based on international and maritime laws.
  • U.S. Congress backs military exchanges with Taiwan CNA 09 Dec 2016 -- The U.S. Congress on Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2017, which included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
  • Ex-U.S. official calls on Taiwan foreign minister CNA 09 Dec 2016 -- A member of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team called on Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) Friday and the two exchanged views on the challenges facing Taiwan.
  • Taiwan to mark 70th anniversary of recovery of Taiping Island CNA 08 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will attend the opening on Friday of an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the recovery of the Republic of China's control over Taiping Island in the South China Sea, during which she will also videoconference with the commander on the island.
  • Taiwan will continue to cooperate with new U.S. administration CNA 08 Dec 2016 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said on Thursday that the government will continue to cooperate with United States President-elect Donald Trump's administration in the areas of trade, economics, security and others, based on existing bilateral relations, according to a press release issued by the Cabinet.
  • President confirmed to have met ex-U.S. White House aide in Taipei CNA 08 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has met Stephen Yates, a former U.S. White House official who is on a visit to Taiwan, and the two have had a deep conversation, Taiwan's minister of foreign affairs said Thursday.
  • US to let in Taiwan president, rejecting China's request to block visit Press TV 07 Dec 2016 -- The United States government has turned down China's request to block Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's planned stopover on US soil in the coming weeks, further fueling tensions caused by President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Tsai.
  • Taiwan-U.S. relations helpful to cross-strait ties: president CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Tuesday that Taiwan is an important partner of the United States and maintaining good bilateral relations is helpful to the promotion of cross-strait ties and peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Trump-Tsai call a 'good, small' step: Ex-Cheney aide CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- A former White House official said on Tuesday that the recent call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was an "important step" in the direction many Republicans have advocated for, but added that the move remains a "small step," during a visit to Taiwan.
  • Taiwan to take tougher action against drones in restricted areas CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that with effect from January next year, civilian drones that enter restricted air spaces in Taiwan will either be intercepted or shot down.
  • Tsai-Trump phone call symbol of friendship: MOFA CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) phone call with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump last week was a symbol of friendship between the two sides, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Tuesday.
  • Ex-Cheney aide in Taiwan, denies arranging Trump-Tsai call CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- A former White House official on Tuesday denied media speculation that he helped arrange a phone call between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) but described the call as "a very good beginning" in the relationship between the two administrations.
  • Taiwan criticizes China statement as detrimental to cross-strait ties CNA 06 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan describes a statement issued by the Chinese government urging the United States to block transit stops by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during a reported trip to three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America next month as an overreaction that is not conducive to the development of cross-strait relations.
  • China calls on US to ban transit by Taiwan president Press TV 06 Dec 2016 -- China has urged the United States not to allow Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to transit there when she visits Guatemala in January.
  • Taiwanese President Says Phone Call With Trump Does Not Mean US Policy Shift Press TV 06 Dec 2016 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday that his recent phone talk with US President-elect Donald Trump did not signify a shift in Washington's policy and was rather an extension of courtesy.
  • Trump-Tsai Call Reflects Views of Trump Advisers Urging Toughness With China VOA 06 Dec 2016 -- A U.S. Republican party foreign policy aide arrived in Taiwan Tuesday morning for a week-long visit, which might include a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, after she congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during a phone call last Friday.
  • Taiwan will not decommission Mirage fighters early: official CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Mirage fighters purchased from France have superb performance and Taiwan has no plans to decommission them ahead of schedule, Deputy National Defense Minister Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) said on Monday.
  • Chinese aircraft circled around Taiwan for first time: MND CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Chinese aircraft circled around Taiwan on Nov. 25 for the first time on a long-distance training mission, Deputy National Defense Minister Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明) confirmed Monday.
  • Taiwan's diplomatic situation stable after Trump-Tsai call CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Ties between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies remain stable after the Dec. 2 phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the Presidential Office said on Monday.
  • Ex-U.S. officials view Tsai's call to Trump as positive development CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) congratulatory phone call to United States President-elect Donald Trump last week has been described by two former U.S. officials as a positive development in the ties between the two sides.
  • Trump's talk with Taiwan's leader just a courtesy call: U.S. officials CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- United States Vice-President-elect Mike Pence and a senior aide to President-elect Donald Trump both said Sunday that Trump's phone call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) last week was just a courtesy call and did not signal any plans to change U.S. foreign policy.
  • U.S.-Taiwan ties, cross-strait peace not conflicting: MAC head CNA 05 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan thinks it is equally important to maintain good relations with the United States and pursue peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.
  • White House Says US-Taiwan Ties Limited, But Contacts, Joint Work Persist Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- US-Taiwan relations have for years operated within certain limits but still allow for some degree of communication and partnership, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
  • Report of Tsai-Trump meeting called 'excessive speculation' CNA 04 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan's Presidential Office has denied that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will meet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York during an overseas trip next month, characterizing a report on the prospect of such a meeting as "excessive speculation."
  • Taiwan's envoy to U.S. positive about Tsai-Trump call CNA 04 Dec 2016 -- A recent phone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump marked significant progress in Taiwan-U.S. relations, Taiwan's Representative to the United States Stanley Kao (高碩泰) said on Saturday.
  • Trump's 'simple courtesy call' with Tsai was right: ex-U.S. officials CNA 04 Dec 2016 -- It was right for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to take a congratulatory call on Friday from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), another democratically elected leader - a simple courtesy and a fundamental part of real democracy, two former U.S. officials said on Sunday.
  • Tsai-Trump phone not indication of policy shift: ex-U.S. official CNA 04 Dec 2016 -- A former deputy spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, Alan D. Romberg, has called a phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump a success as long as it did not signal a shift in U.S. policy.
  • Trump's VP defends his talks with Taiwan president Press TV 04 Dec 2016 -- US Vice President-elect Mike Pence defends Donald Trump's phone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which drew criticism from China.
  • Trump's Phone Talk With Taiwan Leader 'Courtesy Call' - Vice President-Elect Sputnik 04 Dec 2016 -- Vice President-elect Mike Pence described a phone talk between Donald Trump and the Taiwan leader as "a courtesy call".
  • Trump Team Downplays Taiwan Phone Call VOA 04 Dec 2016 -- Donald Trump's team downplayed the significance of the president-elect's telephone conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, with which the United States has had no formal diplomatic ties since 1979.
  • White House reaffirms one-China stance after Trump's talk with Taiwan leader People's Daily 04 Dec 2016 -- The White House on Friday reaffirmed backing for its long-standing one-China policy and the three China-U.S. joint communiques, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump received a telephone call from Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen.
  • Trump, Taiwan Put China on the Defensive With Historic Phone Call VOA 03 Dec 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the leader of Taiwan put China on the defensive late Friday with a historic, upbeat phone call to discuss Washington's role in possibly helping the diplomatically isolated island gain international status.
  • Some Republicans Applaud Trump Call With Taiwan VOA 03 Dec 2016 -- President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with Taiwan's president on Friday broke decades of U.S. diplomatic policy in the region and brought a quick objection by China, but several Republican members of Congress have applauded Trump's decision to accept the call.
  • Tsai, Trump discuss economy, defense over phone CNA 03 Dec 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke over the phone on issues related to developing economy and strengthening national defense, the Presidential Office said Saturday.
  • Opposition parties positive about Tsai-Trump call CNA 03 Dec 2016 -- Taiwan's opposition parties on Saturday responded positively to a phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, the first publicly reported call between a U.S. president or president-elect and a Taiwanese leader, since 1979.
  • Tsai-Trump phone call not start of new U.S. policy: experts CNA 03 Dec 2016 -- A phone conversation between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump does not signal a change in Washington's policy toward Taiwan, experts in international and cross-strait relations said on Saturday.
  • U.S. House of Representatives backs military exchanges with Taiwan CNA 03 Dec 2016 -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included for the first time a section on senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
  • Chinese FM: Trump-Tsai phone talk just a trick by Taiwan People's Daily 03 Dec 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said the phone talk between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen is no more than a trick played by Taiwan authorities and will not bring any changes to the consensus over the One China Policy reached by the members of the international community.
  • Trump talks with Taiwan leader anger China Press TV 03 Dec 2016 -- China has lodged an official protest with the US over a direct contact by phone between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
  • Trump risks angering China by calling Taiwan leader Press TV 03 Dec 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has talked over the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a historic move that is likely to anger China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province.
  • China Lodges Protest Over Trump Phone Call With Taiwanese Leader RFE/RL 03 Dec 2016 -- China has lodged an official diplomatic protest after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan's president, breaking four decades of U.S diplomatic policy.
  • President-Elect Trump Speaks to President of Taiwan, Risking Feud With Beijing Sputnik 03 Dec 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen on Friday, marking what appears to be the first presidential contact between the nations since 1979 when diplomatic relations were ended.
  • Trump has 'historic' phone conversation with Taiwan president CNA 03 Dec 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wenon the phone Friday in what is described as "a first since the diplomatic ties between the United States and Taiwan were cut off" nearly 38 years ago.
  • China says pro-independence Taiwan firms not welcome CNA 02 Dec 2016 -- Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Friday that his country continues to welcome investments from Taiwan companies but not those that support the idea of Taiwan independence.



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