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February 2017 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Fraud Case, Holiday Dispute Further Divide Old Rivals China, Taiwan VOA 27 Feb 2017 -- Relations between old rivals China and Taiwan have been shaken again over a foreign extradition case and Beijing's re-interpretation of a Taiwanese political holiday, stalling any prospects for dialogue or cooperation.
  • China warns Japan over report on Taiwan-related issue People's Daily 25 Feb 2017 -- China has lodged representations to the Japanese side and urged Japan to be cautious in its words and deeds regarding Taiwan-related issues, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Friday in Beijing.
  • Drug abuse a problem in Taiwan's military: defense minister CNA 23 Feb 2017 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said Thursday that there was problem of a substance abuse in Taiwan's military.
  • Defense Ministry asked to conduct 'thorough checks' after drug find CNA 23 Feb 2017 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) instructed the Ministry of National Defense Thursday to conduct "thorough checks" on the military as part of heightened anti-drug efforts, following a recent case in which drugs were found at an air force base in Taichung.
  • Defense Ministry told to report to lawmakers on drug find CNA 23 Feb 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has been told to deliver a report to lawmakers on Taiwan's military policy and a recent incident in which drugs were found at an air base in Taichung earlier this week, a lawmaker on the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee said Thursday.
  • MAC urges Beijing to resume talks on joint combat against crime CNA 23 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan on Thursday called on China to resume cross-strait consultations as soon as possible and not allow politics to impede joint efforts to combat crime.
  • Tsai pledges to maintain status quo across Taiwan Strait CNA 22 Feb 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday reiterated her administration's commitment to maintaining the status quo with China.
  • Beijing defends demand for Spain to deport Taiwanese suspects to China CNA 22 Feb 2017 -- Beijing on Wednesday insisted that Spain deport more than 200 suspects, including Taiwanese and Chinese citizens, recently arrested in the country for alleged telecom fraud to China, on the grounds that the victims were all Chinese.
  • U.S. has right to decide whether to post military at AIT: minister CNA 21 Feb 2017 -- The U.S. government has the right to decide whether to post military personnel at the new compound of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and whether to arm the officers, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said Tuesday.
  • Cross-strait ties 'not ideal enough': premier CNA 21 Feb 2017 -- The Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration has hoped for positive interactions between Taiwan and China since it took office on May 20 last year, but the situation has not been "ideal enough," Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan reiterates concern over Spain's deportation decision CNA 19 Feb 2017 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Sunday that it is gravely concerned over what it describes as an "unfriendly" decision by Spain to deport a group of Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China.
  • Taiwan confident of stronger ties with Philippines CNA 19 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan is optimistic that its bilateral relationship with the Philippines will remain strong as economic links continue to grow, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Song-huann Lin (林松煥) said Sunday.
  • Taipei regrets Spain's decision to send Taiwanese suspects to China CNA 18 Feb 2017 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday expressed regret at a plan by Spain to deport a group of Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China.
  • Military helicopters conduct drill at MND headquarters CNA 17 Feb 2017 -- Two military helicopters were deployed in a drill on Friday, landing and taking off from the plaza of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) headquarters in Taipei's Dazhi area, the ministry said.
  • President Tsai reiterates Taiwan's goodwill toward China CNA 14 Feb 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Tuesday that her administration will promote amicable interaction with China with the highest level of goodwill.
  • Han Kuang military exercise to include live-fire drills: MND CNA 13 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan's annual military exercises for 2017 will be held before the end of May and include both computer-simulated war games and live-fire drills as has been the case in the past, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • Han Kuang exercises to exclude live-fire drill this year CNA 12 Feb 2017 -- The Han Kuang (漢光) military exercise this year will be conducted through computer-simulated war games without live-fire drills, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Sunday.
  • Taiwan denounces North Korea missile test, monitors Chinese navy CNA 12 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan on Sunday denounced North Korea's missile test and said it was closely monitoring the movements of the Chinese navy in the South China Sea and West Pacific.
  • Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over Diaoyutai Islands CNA 11 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan on Saturday reaffirmed its sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea and called for related parties to shelve their differences and jointly develop the islands.
  • Taiwan remains in close contact with U.S.: MOFA CNA 11 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan remains in close contact with the United States, based on the "surprise-free" principle of interaction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday, in response to a telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) earlier this week.
  • Drones encroaching on airports will be shot down: defense minister CNA 11 Feb 2017 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) has said categorically that any drones that encroach on Taiwan's airports will be shot down and there is no need for officers to ask for prior approval to do so, after a recent incident involving a drone forced a Taipei airport to close for nearly one hour.
  • Phone call shows Trump back on U.S. long-standing policy: DPP CNA 10 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's latest promise to honor the "one China" policy merely represents a return to Washington's long-standing approach, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) official said Friday.
  • Taiwan in close communication with U.S.: Presidential Office CNA 10 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan maintains close contacts and communications with the United States, helping ensure "zero surprises," the Presidential Office said Friday, in response to a telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) a day earlier.
  • Taiwan Voices Readiness to Maintain Good Relations With Both Washington, Beijing Sputnik 10 Feb 2017 -- Taiwanese authorities plan to maintain "positive relations" with both Washington and Beijing to maintain peace and stability in the region, Taiwan's Presidential Office said in a Friday statement.
  • Trump says will adhere to one-China policy in phone call with Xi People's Daily 10 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he fully understands the importance of U.S. adherence to the one-China policy, and his administration will honor it.
  • In reversal, Trump 'upholds One China policy' Press TV 10 Feb 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has reportedly backed down from threats of not recognizing Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
  • Trump to Honor 'One China' Policy VOA 10 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a telephone conversation that the United States intends to honor the "One China" policy by acknowledging China's position that it has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan.
  • U.S. secretary of state reaffirms Six Assurances to Taiwan CNA 09 Feb 2017 -- New U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recently reaffirmed the Six Assurances regarding U.S. policy toward Taiwan in response to questions from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin before he won confirmation as secretary of state from the Senate on Feb. 1.
  • China's intimidating moves not conducive to cross-strait ties: Taiwan CNA 08 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan said on Wednesday it remains committed to maintaining the peaceful status-quo in the Taiwan Strait and that the adoption of non-peaceful or intimidating measures by China is not conducive to the development of bilateral relations.
  • Trump should welcome Tsai's commitment to status quo: U.S. report CNA 08 Feb 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's administration should welcome Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) commitment to maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, according to a report released Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
  • Taiwan to build 66 advanced trainer planes by 2026 CNA 07 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan's Air Force signed an agreement Tuesday to commission a domestic military-run institute to build 66 advanced trainer planes, signaling a step forward in the government's efforts to develop the local defense industry.
  • Taiwan bid to join U.S. fast entry program not affected by travel ban CNA 07 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan's plan to join the United States Global Entry program, which would allow Taiwanese travelers easier entry into the U.S., will not be affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration ban, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over Diaoyutais CNA 05 Feb 2017 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Sunday that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea are part of the Republic of China (Taiwan), whether from a historical, geographical or legal standpoint.
  • Tsai nods at suggestion to speed up bill to monitor cross-strait talks CNA 05 Feb 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday took on board a business leader's suggestion that her government ask the Legislature to expedite a bill on monitoring negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
  • Cabinet announces partial reshuffle CNA 03 Feb 2017 -- Taiwan's government will undergo its first significant reshuffle since taking office in May 2016 as four major Cabinet-level agencies will have new leaders next week, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) announced Friday.



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