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April 2017 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Taiwan reiterates sovereignty over South China Sea islands CNA 24 Apr 2017 -- Reacting to Philippine officials' visit to one of the Spratly Islands, Taiwan reiterated its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands on Saturday and urged all parties to refrain from action that could escalate tensions in the region.
  • 2017 Han Kuang Exercises to kick off on May 25: MND CNA 23 Apr 2017 -- The annual Han Kuang military exercises will begin on May 25, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Sunday, and President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will be invited to follow the drills.
  • Trump administration will not change Taiwan policy: U.S. official CNA 22 Apr 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that his administration will not alter the United States' policy on Taiwan and will honor the commitments made in the Taiwan Relations Act, a senior State Department official said recently.
  • Top military leadership posts to be reshuffled CNA 20 Apr 2017 -- Republic of China (ROC) Army General Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正), chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, will retire at the end of April to be replaced by Navy Admiral Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明), deputy national defense minister, the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
  • Taiwan has 'overall plan' to boost defense of Taiping Island CNA 17 Apr 2017 -- The government is formulating a comprehensive plan to boost the country's defensive ability on Taiping Island in the South China Sea, but will not disclose such details as manpower and weapons deployment, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
  • Taiwan to donate mine sweeping equipment to anti-IS coalition CNA 17 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan is prepared to donate US$500,000- worth of demining equipment to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Vice Minister of Defense Cheng De-mei (鄭德美) said Monday.
  • Fishing in waters near Okinotori remains risky: MOFA CNA 12 Apr 2017 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) warned on Wednesday that Taiwanese vessels fishing in waters near Okinotori, a Japan-held Pacific atoll, run the risk of running afoul of the Japanese authorities as the two countries have yet to reach agreement on the issue.
  • Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over South China Sea islands CNA 11 Apr 2017 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) government has reaffirmed its sovereignty over the South China Sea's islands and vowed to protest any move threatening that sovereignty in response to a plan by the Philippines to occupy uninhabited islands in the region.
  • Taiwan-Japan working group on fishery cooperation convenes in Tokyo CNA 10 Apr 2017 -- The first meeting of a working group on fishery cooperation between Taiwan and Japan was held in Tokyo on Sunday, with the members discussing fishing rights and the management of fishery resources, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
  • Chinese coast guard enters Diaoyutai waters, ninth time this year CNA 10 Apr 2017 -- Four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands, called Diaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, in the East China Sea on Monday, according to a statement on the official website of China's State Oceanic Administration.
  • Taiwan keeping close tabs on Trump-Xi meeting CNA 07 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan's government is keeping close tabs on the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) that is taking place at Trump's estate in Florida, the Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.
  • Taiwan maintains close contacts with U.S. on Trump-Xi summit: MAC CNA 06 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan is in close contact with the United States on the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, a spokesman for the Council of Mainland Affairs (MAC) said on Thursday.
  • Trump-Xi meeting will not involve trade-off on Taiwan: official CNA 06 Apr 2017 -- A White House official on Wednesday gave an assurance that an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) will not involve a trade-off on the Taiwan issue.
  • China ignores Taiwan's requests on detained activist CNA 06 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) has sent five messages to China requesting China's approval for family members of detained human rights and pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) to visit him in China, but has received no response from its Chinese counterpart, a senior mainland affairs official said on Thursday.
  • No official word on sale of F-35 jets from U.S.: Defense Ministry CNA 05 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday that there has been no official word from the United States on sales of F-35 fighter jets, after Japanese media reported recently that Washington has a plan to sell Taiwan F-35s.
  • Taiwan to draw on submarine upgrade experience to build own subs CNA 05 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan will draw on the experience of an ongoing program to upgrade two of its aging submarines to support a project to build the country's own submarines, an institute contracted to conduct the programs said Wednesday.
  • President Tsai receiving briefings on Trump-Xi meeting: official CNA 05 Apr 2017 -- A national security team has been giving President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) regular briefings to keep her informed on the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平), the Presidential Office spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan has right to do marine research in disputed waters: MOFA CNA 02 Apr 2017 -- Taiwan has the right to engage in oceanographic research within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in waters off the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) asserted Sunday.
  • Tainan mayor urges China to 'have confidence' to talk to DPP CNA 02 Apr 2017 -- Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) urged China on Sunday to have confidence to engage in exchanges with Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) instead of looking at the pro-independence party through the eyes of the pro-China Kuomintang (KMT).

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