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February 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • Independence referendum launched, backed by former presidents CNA 28 Feb 2018 -- Former presidents Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) voiced their support on Wednesday for an initiative to hold a referendum in April 2019 on Taiwan independence.
  • MAC responds to China's incentive measures for Taiwanese people CNA 28 Feb 2018 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that a set of measures put forth by China to court Taiwan's people is just a renewed effort to offer benefits in exchange for political loyalty toward Beijing.
  • China committed to peaceful reunification: official CNA 28 Feb 2018 -- The Chinese government remains committed to the promotion of peaceful reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, as it seeks to abolish term limits on the presidency to allow current President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely, according to China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO).
  • Cabinet shelves military pension reform bill CNA 27 Feb 2018 -- The Cabinet has decided to postpone its processing of a military pension reform bill, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday in the wake of an incident at a public protest that left a retired colonel seriously injured.
  • U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang involve Taiwanese national, companies CNA 24 Feb 2018 -- The new sanctions imposed by the United States against North Korea involved a Taiwanese citizen and two Taiwan-linked companies, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury.
  • Defense Ministry gets new deputy chief CNA 23 Feb 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will get a new deputy chief, Air Force Commander Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), to join with new Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) at the top of the agency.
  • Yen chosen as new defense minister for his experience: official CNA 23 Feb 2018 -- Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) has been tapped as Taiwan's new defense minister because of his rich knowledge and experience in the field of national security, an administration source told CNA Friday.
  • Taiwan replaces foreign minister, China policy chief (update) CNA 23 Feb 2018 -- Taiwan's government announced a long-rumored reshuffle of top Cabinet posts Friday, with the country's foreign and defense ministries and top agency for China policy all getting new leaders.
  • Control Yuan passes motion to impeach officers for missile firing CNA 23 Feb 2018 -- The Control Yuan passed Friday a motion to impeach nine naval officers involved in the July 2016 accidental firing of an anti-ship missile that hit a fishing boat, killing the captain and injuring three crew members.
  • Government reshuffle lineup announced CNA 23 Feb 2018 -- Presidential Office Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) is to replace David Lee (李大維) as foreign minister, while Lee will lead the National Security Council (NSC), government officials announced Friday.
  • Taiwan's defense minister Feng stepping down CNA 22 Feb 2018 -- Taiwan's Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) is to be replaced by National Security Council Secretary-General Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) in a cabinet reshuffle that is likely to be announced Friday.
  • Chinese Air Force Passed Taiwan and Philippine Airspace on 'Long Haul' exercise Sputnik 22 Feb 2018 -- A unit from China's People's Liberation Army Air Force, flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines as part of a long-range flight training mission in the western Pacific Wednesday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • PLA air force unit passes through Bashi Channel CNA 21 Feb 2018 -- A unit from the China's People's Liberation Army air force, including reconnaissance planes and jet fighters, flew through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines as part of a long-range flight training mission in the western Pacific Wednesday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Taiwan will stand with U.S. for regional peace: president CNA 21 Feb 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) received a visiting U.S. congressional delegation Wednesday and took the opportunity to reiterate Taiwan's commitment to protecting regional stability and defending shared democratic values alongside the U.S.
  • U.S. delegation pledges support for Taiwan's self defense CNA 21 Feb 2018 -- A visiting U.S. congressional delegation pledged Wednesday to continue its support of the decades-long U.S. policy of providing Taiwan with sufficient armaments to defend itself.
  • U.S. must not accept any coercive unification moves by China: officer CNA 15 Feb 2018 -- A senior American military officer said in the United States Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. will continue to help Taiwan defend itself and that any attempt by China to force Taiwan into unification must be deemed unacceptable.
  • Taiwan asserts sovereignty over Diaoyutais following Japan's directive CNA 14 Feb 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday reaffirmed the Republic of China's sovereignty over the Diaoyutai Islands, following reports that students in Japan will be taught that the disputed island group are an integral part of Japanese territory.
  • Air Force to upgrade capabilities according to needs, threats CNA 13 Feb 2018 -- Taiwan's Air Force sidestepped speculation Tuesday that it is looking to purchase F-15 or F-18 fighter aircraft from the U.S., saying only that plans to bolster defense capabilities will depend on present combat needs and perceived future threats.
  • MOFA voices regret after China puts pressure on Taiwan again CNA 12 Feb 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday expressed regret after the Papua New Guinea government ordered Taiwan's representative office in the country to remove the title "Republic of China" from its name under Chinese pressure.
  • Beijing warns US against passage of Taiwan bill Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- China has warned the United States against passing a bill that would extend Washington's bilateral ties with Taiwan, which China sees as part of its territory.
  • China Outraged by New US Draft Bill Widening Relations With Taiwan Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- The proposed legislation will encourage contacts between officials in the US and Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be its breakaway province.
  • Taiwan suspends all AH-64 Apache flights after crash in Japan CNA 06 Feb 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) suspended the operations of all 29 of its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters on Tuesday as a preventive measure after Japan did the same a day earlier following the crash of one of its Apache choppers.
  • US Defense Department plays a little trick by removing Taiwan from its report People's Daily 06 Feb 2018 -- The US Defense Department played a little trick by removing Taiwan, initially labeled as part of China in its Nuclear Posture Review, from the map of China.
  • Six Missing After Black Hawk Chopper Crashes Off Taiwan Coast Sputnik 06 Feb 2018 -- Six people are still missing after the crash of a Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter near Taiwan's shore, the Taiwanese Interior Ministry said in a statement.
  • Trump urged to stand firm against China on Taiwan issue: report CNA 04 Feb 2018 -- Taiwanese officials and lawmakers are calling on the administration of United States President Donald Trump to step up its support for Taiwan amid increasing political pressure by China, according to a U.S. media report.
  • Second Taiwanese man questioned about oil sales to North Korea CNA 01 Feb 2018 -- A second Taiwanese man is suspected of selling oil to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang last year, after a similar case earlier this year, an official from the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office said on Thursday.

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