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June 2017 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • U.S. arms sales improves Taiwan's self-defense capability: MND CNA 30 Jun 2017 -- An arms sale to Taiwan worth US$1.42 billion cleared by the U.S. government will improve Taiwan's self-defense capabilities, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Friday.
  • Taiwan expresses thanks after Trump government approves arms sales CNA 30 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday tweeted a statement from the Presidential Office expressing gratitude to the U.S. government after the latter approved arms sales to Taiwan.
  • Taiwan and China trade criticism over U.S. arms sales CNA 30 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan and China engaged in a war of words Friday following an announcement by the Trump administration on a U.S. arms sales package to Taiwan, with the self-governing island saying the onus is on China to find ways to ease tensions between the two sides.
  • U.S. arms sale to Taiwan a sign of stable relations: think tank CNA 30 Jun 2017 -- The U.S. announcement of arms sales worth US$1.42 billion to Taiwan should ease doubts about the stability of relations between Taiwan and the United States, Lai I-chung (賴怡忠), an executive board member of Taiwan Thinktank, said Friday.
  • US approves arms sales to Taiwan worth $1.4 bln People's Daily 30 Jun 2017 -- The US Department of State on Thursday approved seven deals of weapon sales to Taiwan valued at about 1.4 billion US dollars.
  • Chinese ambassador: US arms sale to Taiwan harms ties People's Daily 30 Jun 2017 -- China's top diplomat to the U.S. denounced Washington's latest decision to sell arms to Taiwan, which the U.S. Department of State announced late Thursday.
  • Outraged China urges US to revoke arms sales to Taiwan Press TV 30 Jun 2017 -- An outraged China has urged the US to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan which Beijing considers a renegade province.
  • US Arms Sales to Taiwan Violate International Rights – Chinese Foreign Ministry Sputnik 30 Jun 2017 -- By selling weapons to China, the United States violates international rights, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Friday, adding Beijing has already officially protested the new US arms sales deal.
  • US Proposal to Sell Taiwan Arms Risks China Backlash at Awkward Time VOA 30 Jun 2017 -- The U.S. government's approval Thursday of $1.42 billion in advanced weaponry for Taiwan risks a stiff backlash from China after a year of strained relations between Beijing and the self-ruled island, which sees the mainland as its chief military rival.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - Surveillance Radar Program (SRP) Operation and Maintenance Support DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of SRP Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment package that includes, contractor logistics support (sustainment); engineering services and technical updates to address equipment obsolescence; transportation and material costs associated with contractor repair and return services; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $400 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - AN/SLQ-32(V23 Upgrade DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems in support of four (4) ex-KIDD Class (now KEELUNG Class) destroyers. This sale will include AN/SLQ-32(V)3 upgrade hardware, software, support equipment and parts, publications, training, engineering and technical assistance. The total estimated program cost is $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) Missiles DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of fifty-six (56) AGM-154C JSOW Air-to-Ground Missiles. This request also includes: JSOW integration, captive flight vehicles, dummy training missiles, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, Joint Mission Planning System updates, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $185.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedo (HWT) DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States for forty-six (46) MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes (HWT). This sale will include HWT containers, torpedo support, torpedo spare parts, publications, training, weapon system support, engineering and technical assistance. The total estimated program cost is $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - SM-2 Block IIIA Standard Missiles and Components DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of sixteen (16) Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA All-Up Rounds (AUR), forty-seven (47) MK 93 MOD 1 SM-2 Block IIIA Guidance Sections (GSs), and five (5) MK 45 MOD 14 SM-2 Block IIIA Target Detecting Devices (TDDs) Shrouds. This request also includes Seventeen (17) MK 11 MOD 6 SM-2 Block IIIA Autopilot Battery Units (APBUs) maneuverability upgrades on the GSs, sixty-nine (69) section containers and sixteen (16) AUR containers, operator manuals and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services. The total estimated program cost is $125 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States - AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM) DSCA 29 Jun 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States of fifty (50) AGM-88B HARMs and ten (10) AGM-88B Training HARMs. This request also includes: HARM integration, LAU-l 18A Launchers, missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, Joint Mission Planning System update, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $147.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • US approves weapons sales to Taiwan worth of $1.4 billion Press TV 29 Jun 2017 -- The US State Department has approved weapons sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, a move which is certainly going to anger China which considers the self-governing island part of mainland China.
  • Taiwan's first Apache combat squad enters service CNA 28 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan's first Apache combat squad was formally commissioned Wednesday under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command in a ceremony at the command's 601st Brigade base in Taoyuan's Longtan District.
  • Taiwan's first Apache combat squad to be commissioned CNA 27 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan's first Apache combat squad will be formally commissioned Wednesday under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command after undergoing more than two years of training on Taiwan's most advanced attack helicopters.
  • President Tsai reiterates reform in national defense CNA 27 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Tuesday there is no end to the road of reform of the nation's defense as she urged ranking military officers to persist with courage to help solve problems.
  • Taiwan trade office in Ecuador forced to change name: MOFA CNA 27 Jun 2017 -- Another Taiwan trade office has had its name changed under pressure from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan declines to comment on reported China aircraft carrier movement CNA 25 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on Sunday declined to comment on media reports that China's Liaoning aircraft carrier will pass either along Taiwan's east or its west coast on the way to Hong Kong this week.
  • Taiwan aims to retain 'substantial' relations with other nations: Lin CNA 24 Jun 2017 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said recently that although Taiwan's diplomacy efforts have suffered some setbacks due to China's suppression, it still has "substantial" relations with many countries and this will be a major focus of its foreign relations.
  • Air Force reports another missile glitch CNA 23 Jun 2017 -- The Air Force confirmed another missile glitch during a military drill in Pingtung County on Friday, one day after two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course after launch, as part of the same annual military exercise to test precision weapons at a military base in the southern county.
  • Tainan mayor reaffirms pro-independence stance CNA 23 Jun 2017 -- Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德), who recently described himself as being "pro-China," said Thursday that his pro-Taiwan independence stance remains unchanged.
  • Missiles veer off course in Pingtung drill; no casualties reported CNA 22 Jun 2017 -- Two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course during a military exercise in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung Thursday, but there were no reported casualties, according to the Air Force.
  • Challenges to Taiwan's diplomacy come from China's pressure CNA 22 Jun 2017 -- The challenges for Taiwan on its diplomatic fronts come from China's use of its "one China" principle to squeeze Taiwan in the international community, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Thursday.
  • Establishing ties with China 'right decision': Panamanian president CNA 22 Jun 2017 -- Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said on Wednesday that his country's switch of diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China was "the right decision."
  • Taiwan urges Panama not to become China's tool CNA 22 Jun 2017 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday urged Panama not to allow itself to become a tool used by China to isolate Taiwan internationally and said the president of the Central American country had misrepresented the reasons behind the severance of diplomatic links with Taiwan..
  • President Tsai hopes to see Taiwan-Honduras ties further closer CNA 21 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed hopes that the relations between Taiwan and Honduras will be further strengthened and that the free trade pact between the two nations, which took effect in 2008, will contribute in a maximum manner to the development of the bilateral trade and economic cooperation, creating a win-win situation for the two sides.
  • U.S. reiterates interest in stable cross-strait relations CNA 21 Jun 2017 -- The United States reiterated Tuesday that it is interested in continued peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and is opposed to changes to the status quo by either side of the strait.
  • Air Force test fires, intercepts surface-to-air missile CNA 19 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan's Air Force said Monday that it had successfully intercepted a Sky Bow II missile, using a Patriot II missile, during a test earlier in the day.
  • Taiwan criticizes China's behavior at labor meeting CNA 18 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan has expressed regret over China's protest against Nicaragua for speaking out on Taiwan's behalf during the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva on June 14.
  • Taiwan to face China's diplomatic offensive head on: foreign minister CNA 17 Jun 2017 -- Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Saturday that Taiwan would face China's efforts to isolate the self-governing island "head on" after Taiwan lost a second diplomatic ally to China in six months.
  • President Tsai thanks U.S. officials for support CNA 16 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday expressed appreciation to U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, for their support of Taiwan.
  • U.S. congressmen express concern over delay in arms sale to Taiwan CNA 16 Jun 2017 -- Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed concern Thursday over China's redoubled efforts to isolate Taiwan and the U.S. government's indecision on arms sales to Taiwan.
  • Antsy Taiwan Waiting on Long-Rumored US Arms Sale Amid Tensions with Beijing Sputnik 16 Jun 2017 -- The government of Taiwan has expressed their appreciation for American lawmakers who have called for expedited arms sales to the island nation as tensions between it and the mainland continue to escalate.
  • U.S. intends to fulfill commitments to Taiwan: U.S. official CNA 15 Jun 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that while the administration of President Donald Trump is committed to its one-China policy, it also intends to fulfill its commitments to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).
  • Taiwan, Panama to discuss future arrangements for bilateral ties CNA 15 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan and Panama will discuss how to deal with their future relations after the two countries severed their bilateral century-long diplomatic ties earlier this week, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday.
  • MAC urges concerted stand against China CNA 15 Jun 2017 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday urged Taiwanese politicians planning to take part in two upcoming forums in China to honestly reflect the voice of Taiwanese people, by taking a concerted stand at a time when Beijing is stepping up its efforts to isolate Taiwan.
  • Taiwan will never give in to threats from China: President Tsai CNA 14 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Wednesday that her administration will never give in to threats from China and that Taiwan will continue to play its due role in the international community.
  • Panama Switch to China Hardens Defiance in Taiwan VOA 13 Jun 2017 -- Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced late Monday his Central American country would switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, a move analysts said is a major success to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.
  • Panama to set up official ties with China, ditching Taiwan CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- Panama, one of Taiwan's allies in Central America, announced Tuesday that it has decided to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, effectively cutting off official ties that it has had with the Republic of China (now more commonly known as Taiwan) for more than a century.
  • Taiwan breaks ties with Panama CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan is cutting diplomatic ties with Panama after the Central American country switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) announced Tuesday.
  • Taiwan denounces China for damaging cross-strait peace CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- The Presidential Office on Tuesday denounced Beijing after it established diplomatic ties with Panama for damaging peace across the Taiwan Strait by continuing to use its "one China principle" to suppress Taiwan internationally.
  • Taiwan terminates technical aid for Panama CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- Following the severance of diplomatic ties with Panama, Taiwan is terminating all of its technical aid programs in the Central American country.
  • President Tsai reaffirms Taiwan's sovereignty after Panama's defection CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that Taiwan will not give in to threats from China, after Panama announced earlier in the day that it was switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
  • 'Domino effect' possible after Panama cuts ties: analysts CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- Taipei must guard against a possible "domino effect" on the diplomatic front as China steps up its suppression of Taiwan internationally, analysts said on Tuesday.
  • Taiwan to re-evaluate cross-strait situation after Panama severs ties CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- Although Taiwan's government has consistently expressed goodwill in the development of bilateral relations with Beijing, government agencies will now re-evaluate the cross-strait situation after cutting ties with Panama on Tuesday, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said.
  • Panama's defection damages cross-strait ties: scholars CNA 13 Jun 2017 -- The decision of Panama to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing "has shaken cross-strait relations" and the already strained ties are expected to deteriorate further, Taiwanese scholars said on Tuesday.
  • Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, backs 'One China' policy Press TV 13 Jun 2017 -- Panama breaks diplomatic ties with self-ruled Taiwan in favor of establishing formal relations with Beijing, in what is viewed as a diplomatic victory for China which regards Taiwan as a breakaway province.
  • Taiwan Outraged by Panama's Decision to Cut Diplomatic Ties With Taipei Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lee said that Taiwan regrets and is outraged by Panama's decision to break diplomatic ties with the island.
  • Most Taiwanese reject one-China as precondition for ties with Beijing CNA 08 Jun 2017 -- Over 70 percent of Taiwanese reject China's insistence that "the two sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China" as a political prerequisite for the development of cross-strait relations, according to a poll released on Thursday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).
  • President Tsai urges continued U.S. defense assistance to Taiwan CNA 07 Jun 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that she hoped the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will provide defense assistance for Taiwan based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances.
  • Taiwan's defense advantages declining: Pentagon report CNA 07 Jun 2017 -- China's decades of military modernization has eroded many of Taiwan's historical advantages in deterring People's Liberation Army (PLA) aggression, the U.S. Department of Defense said in an annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving China.
  • U.S. defense secretary reaffirms commitment to Taiwan CNA 03 Jun 2017 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday.



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