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March 2017 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over Taiping Island CNA 30 Mar 2017 -- The Republic of China government has the right to conduct exercises on Taiping Island in the South China Sea, an indivisible part of the ROC territory, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday.
- Taiwan on 'wrong path': official People's Daily 30 Mar 2017 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson warned Wednesday that an arms race between Taiwan and the mainland would only harm Taiwan people, after the island announced plans for submarines and vowed to upgrade its "strategic partnership" with the US.
- Arms won't stop unification with Taiwan, warns China Press TV 30 Mar 2017 -- China's Defense Ministry says Taiwan is wrong to think it could use weapons to prevent unification as Washington is considering fresh sales of advanced weaponry to the self-ruled island.
- Chinese fishing boat seized near Pengjia Islet CNA 29 Mar 2017 -- A Chinese fishing boat and its crew were seized and detained after they were caught fishing near Taiwan's Pengjia Islet (彭佳嶼), the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Wednesday.
- Taiwan working to secure release of human rights advocate in China CNA 28 Mar 2017 -- The Presidential Office said on Tuesday that the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and other government agencies are doing all they can to help secure the release of Lee Ming-che (李明哲), a human rights and democracy advocate from Taiwan detained in China.
- MAC urges China to explain arrest of Taiwan human rights advocate CNA 28 Mar 2017 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on China on Tuesday to explain what has happened to Taiwanese human rights and democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) whose wife said he has been detained by Chinese security authorities.
- Tokyo Dismisses Chinese Protest Over Visit of Senior Japanese Official to Taiwan Sputnik 28 Mar 2017 -- The visit of a Japanese senior official to Taiwan on Saturday was meant only to promote Japan's tourist sights, local media reported Tuesday citing Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
- Taiwan Tapping US, Itself for New Weapons VOA 27 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan is pursuing a two-pronged upgrade to its armed forces as people on the island worry about recent shows of force by powerful rival China during a political stalemate.
- In 'one country,' China can open market wider to Taiwan: negotiator CNA 26 Mar 2017 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan said Sunday that there will be a problem for Beijing to unilaterally open the Chinese market to Taiwan since both are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
- Bill to monitor cross-strait pacts crucial: Chinese official CNA 26 Mar 2017 -- China's top negotiator with Taiwan said Sunday that a draft bill on monitoring agreements between the two sides should be passed in Taiwan's Legislature as soon as possible so that bilateral negotiations on a pending trade pact can resume.
- U.S. thanks Taiwan for humanitarian assistance in IS fight CNA 24 Mar 2017 -- The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it appreciates Taiwan's commitment to providing humanitarian assistance as part of the U.S-led coalition to counter the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
- Taiwan coast guard seizes Chinese fishing boat near Dongsha Islands CNA 23 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan's coast guard said Thursday that it had seized a Chinese fishing boat and detained the captain and crew after they were caught fishing earlier in the week in waters near the Dongsha Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan.
- Taiwanese Militarization Amid Growing Asia Pacific Instability Sputnik 23 Mar 2017 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said Taiwan faces no choice but to arm itself with a submarine fleet, in the face of growing "Chinese aggression" in the South China Sea. In a development that will alter the military balance in the region, Taiwan expects deployment in less than a decade.
- Taiwan ready to take on greater role in regional peace, security: Tsai CNA 22 Mar 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen （蔡英文）said Wednesday that Taiwan is ready to take on a greater role in helping to ensure regional peace and collective security.
- Draft bills on monitoring cross-strait pacts stall in Legislature CNA 22 Mar 2017 -- Six versions of draft bills on monitoring agreements between Taiwan and China made little progress in the Legislature on Wednesday in spite of ruling and opposition party caucuses' vows to deliberate them that day and the next.
- Taiwan's concerns voiced over possible 4th U.S.-China communique CNA 22 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan has clearly told the United States that it would be unwise for it to sign a fourth joint communique with China, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Wednesday at a legislative hearing.
- Legislature to deliberate draft bills on monitoring cross-strait pacts CNA 21 Mar 2017 -- The Legislature will hold a committee meeting on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss six drafts of a bill on monitoring agreements between Taiwan and China, government and political party sources said on Tuesday.
- Taiwan hoping to launch home-grown submarines within a decade CNA 21 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan is hoping to build its first home-grown submarines within eight years and commission them into service within a decade, the local shipbuilder commissioned to carry out the submarine program said Tuesday.
- Taiwan signs MOU to build its own submarines CNA 21 Mar 2017 -- A Taiwan shipbuilder and a ship designer signed a memorandum of understanding with the country's Navy on Tuesday to jointly build submarines for the military as part of a government effort to develop an independent national defense industry.
- Taiwan Launches Submarine Building Project to Boost National Defense Sputnik 21 Mar 2017 -- Taiwanese authorities have launched a submarine building project aimed at boosting the independent national defense industry, media reported Tuesday.
- Beijing Lashes Out Against US Over Taiwan Weapons Deal Sputnik 21 Mar 2017 -- The Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman has called for the US to terminate its deal with Taiwan as a means for maintaining Sino-US relations.
- Taiwan confirms China's deployment of DF-16 missiles CNA 20 Mar 2017 -- Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Monday confirmed that there is a growing military threat from China, which he said has been deploying a new type of medium-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting Taiwan.
- China Has Medium Range Dongfeng Missiles Possibly Targeting Taiwan Sputnik 20 Mar 2017 -- China may be keeping Dongfeng 16 medium range missiles trained on its breakaway region of Taiwan, local media reported Monday, citing Taiwanese Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan.
- Cross-strait relations in cold but peaceful situation: report CNA 19 Mar 2017 -- The China policy planner and implementer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government of Taiwan regards relations with China as being in a cold but peaceful situation, while Beijing intensifies opposition to any Taiwan independence attempts.
- Taiwan's stance on proposed South China Sea code of conduct CNA 17 Mar 2017 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has declared that no code of conduct in the South China Sea will be binding on Taiwan if it is cast out of the negotiations and dialogues aimed at creating a set of rules to avoid conflict among rival claimants in the waters.
- China Raising Pressure on Taiwan, Gently VOA 17 Mar 2017 -- China is slowly tightening its grip on self-ruled Taiwan to make it break a nearly year-old political deadlock, but it's avoiding any tough measures that it can't reverse if relations improve, analysts say.
- Taiwan can strike enemy troops at their home bases: defense official CNA 16 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan's military has the capability to strike Chinese troops at their home bases, should a war in the Taiwan Strait break out, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday while presenting a defense review to the Legislature.
- Taiwan Seeks Warplane Like F-35B as China Boosts Defense Budget Sputnik 16 Mar 2017 -- As the US and China smooth out the details of new budgets that dramatically increase military spending, Taiwan announced that it plans to bolster its forces with a vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft, and Lockheed Martin's F-35B is certain to be a prime candidate.
- Retired officer arrested for spying for China: report CNA 16 Mar 2017 -- A retired military officer who was on the security detail of former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) was arrested Monday for spying for China, a local newspaper reported Thursday, citing unnamed investigators and law enforcement officers.
- MAC denies 5,000 Chinese spies in Taiwan CNA 16 Mar 2017 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday denied a media report that 5,000 Chinese spies are currently in Taiwan.
- China urged to respect Taiwan's democracy CNA 15 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called China on Wednesday to respect Taiwan's democracy and recognize the reality of its existence, so as to facilitate the development of constructive cross-strait relations.
- Taiwan starts to brandish 'the China threat' Press TV 15 Mar 2017 -- A Taiwanese defense report has raised concerns over China's military modernization efforts and its recent drills around Taiwan.
- U.S. reaffirms its one-China policy ahead of Tillerson's China visit CNA 14 Mar 2017 -- The United States reaffirmed on Monday its commitment to the one-China policy, which is based on the three Sino-U.S. communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Beijing scheduled for later this week.
- Former President Ma Ying-jeou indicted over Sept. 2013 incident CNA 14 Mar 2017 -- Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was indicted Tuesday for alleged abetment in the disclosure of information that should have been kept secret under the Communication Security and Surveillance Act, prosecutors in Taipei said.
- Taiwan urges resumption of cross-strait crime-fighting cooperation CNA 13 Mar 2017 -- Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang (陳明堂) on Monday urged China to resume cooperation with Taiwan on combating crime, based on an agreement signed between the two sides in 2009.
- Taipei, Beijing quarrel over arrest in 'spying' case Press TV 13 Mar 2017 -- A senior Taiwanese official says China does not correctly understand self-ruled Taiwan's judicial system, days after Beijing accused Taiwan of seeking to stir up tensions by arresting a Chinese national over espionage charges.
- No plan listed in defense review to set up cyberwarfare branch CNA 12 Mar 2017 -- A defense review prepared for the Legislature does not contain any description of a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) plan to establish a cyberwarfare branch in Taiwan's armed forces, as promised by the party during the election campaign of 2016.
- Chinese man held incommunicado for alleged espionage CNA 10 Mar 2017 -- The Taipei District Court on Friday detained a Chinese man incommunicado who has been accused of trying to gather classified information, in violation of Taiwan's National Security Act.
- U.S. has not changed 'one China' policy: State Department CNA 08 Mar 2017 -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that there has been no change to the country's "one China" policy since President Donald Trump took office in January.
- Taiwan has no diplomatic future: China Press TV 08 Mar 2017 -- China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Taiwan has no diplomatic future, pointing to the self-ruled island's diminishing number of formal allies across the globe.
- Premier seeks to build up cross-strait goodwill CNA 07 Mar 2017 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has clearly outlined the nation's stance on cross-strait relations and expressed hope that both sides of the Taiwan Strait will continue to build up goodwill on that basis.
- No decision yet on military pension reform: MND CNA 06 Mar 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday that no decision has been made on how to reform the pension system for military personnel, denying reports that the 18 percent interest rate on savings accounts will be phased out within six years.
- Ties with Caribbean allies under control: foreign minister CNA 06 Mar 2017 -- Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) admitted Monday that relations with one or more of the Republic of China's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean are "kind of unstable" but said they are still under control.
- China will not tolerate Taiwan independence bid: PM Li Press TV 06 Mar 2017 -- China has once again ruled out the notion of independence for Taiwan, saying it will not tolerate any form of activity which attempts to separate the self-ruled island from the Chinese mainland.
- Air Force base commander apologizes over drug scandal CNA 05 Mar 2017 -- The commander at the Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) air base in Taichung apologized Sunday for a scandal in which drugs were found on the base last month and some servicemen tested positive for drug use.
- Taiwan closely monitoring passing Chinese military fleet CNA 04 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said Saturday that a fleet of Chinese military vessels passed through the Taiwan Strait earlier in the day, heading southward along China's east coast, after conducting a military exercise near the Japanese island of Miyakojima.
- Ex-President Ma discusses 'one China policy' in CNN interview CNA 04 Mar 2017 -- Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Friday in the United States that if the "one China policy" is challenged, it will have a major impact on relations between China and the U.S. and will not benefit Taiwan.
- Beijing Sortie Through South China Sea Scares Taiwan; Japan Scrambles Jets Sputnik 03 Mar 2017 -- Chinese aircraft and seagoing vessels have increased the level of military operations being conducted near Taiwan in recent days, prompting the self-governing island to warn the world of a growing Chinese threat. Japanese jets have also scrambled to observe Chinese maritime military movements.
- Retired generals, political appointees should be regulated: premier CNA 03 Mar 2017 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Friday that retired military generals and political appointees should be subject to regulation even after they have left public office, but he added that such regulation would not be unreasonable or target any specific individuals.
- Taiwan keeping close eye on China's military drill: MND CNA 02 Mar 2017 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday that it was closely monitoring a military exercise being conducted by China near the Japanese island of Miyako-jima.
- Cabinet plans travel ban on retired military officers CNA 02 Mar 2017 -- The Cabinet plans to amend the existing law governing cross-Taiwan Strait ties to ban political appointees and senior military officers from traveling to China for a minimum of three years after retiring, a spokesman said on Thursday.
- Premier orders establishment of influenza response center CNA 02 Mar 2017 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) on Thursday ordered the establishment of an emergency operations center under the Executive Yuan for epidemiological studies of influenza, in a bid to contain the spread of the disease, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇).
- PAC-3 missiles deployed on east coast: MND CNA 01 Mar 2017 -- A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile system has been deployed to the Hualien and Taitung area of eastern Taiwan in response to changes in China's military strategy, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report unveiled on Wednesday.
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