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July 2017 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- NSB denies report of military leak CNA 31 Jul 2017 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) on Monday dismissed as "fabrication" a report saying that classified files concerning Taiwan's military training plans had been leaked to China.
- Taiwan admonishes citizens not to use PRC passports CNA 30 Jul 2017 -- Taiwan's government admonished its citizens Sunday not to use passports issued by China, reminding them that using a People's Republic of China passport puts them at risk of losing their rights and benefits as citizens of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
- President Tsai lauds military for response to Chinese maneuvers CNA 28 Jul 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised the military's efforts to safeguard the country's national security on Friday, days after China sent military aircraft close to Taiwan on what the Chinese described as training missions.
- Taiwan suspending operations at 3 overseas offices CNA 27 Jul 2017 -- Taiwan is suspending operations at its representative offices in Jeddah, Guam and Norway, in an effort to make better use of the country's resources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
- Taiwan will not dodge any military threats: defense ministry CNA 25 Jul 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that Taiwan will not take any action that could start a war with China but at the same time will not back down from any threats.
- Government agencies closely monitored Chinese bombers CNA 21 Jul 2017 -- The Presidential Office said on Friday that the military and national security authorities closely monitored the movement of 10 Chinese military airplanes flying over the East China Sea a day earlier.
- Court orders seizure of US$900 million in Lafayette scandal CNA 21 Jul 2017 -- The Taipei District Court issued a ruling on Friday ordering the seizure of more than US$900 million in illegal profits in the long-running Lafayette frigate scandal, the largest amount of illicit money ordered seized by a Taiwan court since a new criminal forfeiture law took effect last year.
- China lodges representations to US over defense act concerning Taiwan People's Daily 17 Jul 2017 -- China has lodged solemn representations to the United States over a defense act that suggests re-establishing ports of call between the United States and Taiwan.
- Beijing calls on Washington to avoid damaging Sino-US ties over Taiwan Press TV 17 Jul 2017 -- Beijing has lodged an official complaint with Washington over the passage of a bill that would expand military ties between the United States and Taiwan.
- U.S. House passes act backing closer military ties with Taiwan CNA 15 Jul 2017 -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 in a full session Friday that includes clauses backing expanded military exchanges with Taiwan and amendments on the matter of Taiwan ports of call by the U.S. Navy.
- Taiwan's Air Force celebrates 25th anniversary of home-grown jets CNA 14 Jul 2017 -- Taiwan's Air Force celebrated the 25th anniversary of taking its first delivery of locally made IDF fighter jets at an air base in Taichung, and pledged to continue to beef up its capabilities in the face of the military threat from China.
- China warns Taiwan president over 'very dangerous' remarks Press TV 14 Jul 2017 -- China has warned Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, saying her remarks about the death of a Nobel Peace laureate were "very dangerous" for cross-strait relations.
- How Taiwan Quietly Gained on China in Global Diplomatic Rivalry VOA 14 Jul 2017 -- Even as Taiwan loses diplomatic allies to its bigger rival China, the increasingly isolated government has bested Beijing at a level of international relations that common people can feel: the number of countries that let citizens enter visa free.
- Taiwan, Paraguay reaffirm strong bilateral ties CNA 13 Jul 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and her Paraguayan counterpart Horacio Cartes reaffirmed the strong ties between the two diplomatic allies on Thursday in Taipei, with the visiting president from the South American country pledging that the friendship will continue.
- China carrier 'enters Taiwan defense zone' Press TV 13 Jul 2017 -- Taiwan says a Chinese aircraft carrier has entered its "air defense identification zone (ADIZ)" and is being monitored by Taipei as the carrier sails back from a trip to Hong Kong.
- Chinese bombers conduct drill near Taiwan, Japan CNA 13 Jul 2017 -- China's air force on Thursday sent formations of Xian H-6 strategic bombers near Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and the Miyako Strait south of Japan's Okinawa as part of a long-range drill, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said that day.
- Chinese aircraft carrier-led flotilla leaves Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 13 Jul 2017 -- A Chinese naval flotilla headed by China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, that entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the early hours of Wednesday, left the zone at 2 a.m. the following day after sailing north along the Taiwan Strait, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
- China's aircraft carrier reportedly sails through the Taiwan Strait People's Daily 12 Jul 2017 -- The mainland's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailed north through the Taiwan Strait on July 12, wrapping up a five-day visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the haiwainet.cn reported, citing Taiwan media. The transit was greeted with alarm by Taiwanese authorities, who pledged to monitor the vessel and its escorts.
- China's aircraft carrier battle group enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 12 Jul 2017 -- A Chinese naval formation led by China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, the Ministry of National Defense said later in the morning.
- Tsai: Arms sales show U.S. support for Taiwan's defense autonomy CNA 11 Jul 2017 -- A recent decision by the U.S. government demonstrates the Trump administration's support for the Taiwan Relations Act and Taiwan's ability to defends itself, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Tuesday.
- Tainan mayor backs Taiwan independence, friendship with China CNA 07 Jul 2017 -- Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on Friday described relations with China as a relationship between friends but stressed that he still advocated Taiwan independence.
- Chinese man continues to be detained on espionage charges CNA 06 Jul 2017 -- Taipei's District Court on Thursday granted a prosecution request to keep detaining Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭), a Chinese man who had been under detention since March on charges of violating Taiwan's National Security Act.
- Chinese man indicted for espionage in Taiwan CNA 06 Jul 2017 -- A Chinese man was indicted Thursday for violation of Taiwan's National Security Act after he was found to have attempted to bribe an official with money in exchange for classified information, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.
- Taiwan condemns North Korean ballistic missile test CNA 05 Jul 2017 -- Taiwan on Wednesday condemned North Korea's firing a day earlier of a ballistic missile with a range of about 933 kilometers, urging Pyongyang to stop any moves that could undermine security in the region.
- Taiwan rebuts reports on Chinese aircraft carrier moves in Strait CNA 04 Jul 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday rejected reports that a Chinese naval formation headed by the Liaoning aircraft carrier conducted special training operations while in the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, calling them untrue.
- Relocation of Taiwan's office in Nigeria hits obstacles: MOFA CNA 04 Jul 2017 -- The relocation of Taiwan's trade office out of Nigeria's capital of Abuja has begun, but the move has been hampered by the host government's decision to seal off the office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
- No conditions should be set for cross-strait exchanges: official CNA 03 Jul 2017 -- City exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait enhance bilateral understanding, but no political conditions should be set, a spokesman of the Presidential Office reaffirmed Monday.
- China's aircraft carrier battle group leaves Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 02 Jul 2017 -- China's naval formation headed by the Liaoning aircraft carrier that entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) at about 4:00 p.m. Saturday, has left the zone after sailing southwest along the Taiwan Strait, the Ministry of National Defense said Sunday.
- China's aircraft carrier battle group enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 02 Jul 2017 -- The Ministry of National Defense said Sunday that China's naval formation headed by the Liaoning aircraft carrier entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) a day earlier and was sailing southwest along the Taiwan Strait.
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