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March 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.N. imposes sanctions against Pyongyang, involving Taiwan national CNA 31 Mar 2018 -- The Security Council of the United Nations has imposed sanctions against North Korea, which involved a Taiwanese national who has been accused of helping Pyongyang evade international trading bans.
- U.S. senators urge Trump to back Taiwan procurement of F-35s CNA 27 Mar 2018 -- Two United States senators wrote to President Donald Trump on Monday asking him to support Taiwan's procurement of F-35 fighter jets as soon as possible to boost Taiwan's national defense capabilities.
- Chinese military aircraft again fly close to Taiwan: MND CNA 26 Mar 2018 -- Several Chinese military aircraft were seen flying Monday over the Bashi Channel, which lies between Taiwan and the Philippines, as part of a long-range flight training mission in the Western Pacific, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that day.
- U.S. opposes unilateral action in cross-strait affairs: official CNA 22 Mar 2018 -- The U.S once again reiterated Wednesday that it opposes any unilateral action that alters the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, in response to reports of China's aircraft carrier entering Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
- Taiwan's diplomatic efforts remain fraught: new foreign minister CNA 22 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan's diplomacy has always been difficult and under huge pressure from China, despite the previous Kuomintang (KMT) administration's recognition of the "1992 consensus," the nation's new foreign minister said Thursday.
- No plans for Taiwan to lease F-15 jets from U.S.: minister CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) said Wednesday that there was no truth to a report that the U.S. will lease F-15 fighter aircraft to Taiwan.
- Chinese aircraft carrier enters Taiwan's ADIZ again CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- China's aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, entered waters that are part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) said, but he insisted his ministry is keeping a close watch on Beijing's regional drills.
- Taiwan's president calls for healthy development of China ties CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday that the key to healthy development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties lies in mutually beneficial policies that are negotiated on an equal footing.
- President Tsai, U.S. official vow to strengthen bilateral ties CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Alex Wong (黃之瀚), deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department, on Wednesday promised to continue the efforts to build Taiwan-U.S. ties on the basis of shared values such as democracy and free market.
- Official visit reaffirms U.S support for Taiwan: Washington CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- A visit to Taiwan by a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department reaffirmed Washington's long term support for Taipei, the department said Tuesday.
- Development of cross-strait ties should be based on laws: MAC head CNA 21 Mar 2018 -- The relations between the two sides of Taiwan Strait should be developed on the basis of the relevant existing laws, Chen Ming-tung (陳明通), head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Wednesday.
- Taipei Sends Jets, Ships to Surveil Chinese Carrier Strike Group Sputnik 21 Mar 2018 -- Taiwanese aircraft scrambled to monitor a Chinese carrier battle group transiting the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday following Chinese President Xi Jinping's warning that Taiwan would face the "punishment of history" if it seeks independence.
- Premier reaffirms government's stance on 1992 consensus CNA 20 Mar 2018 -- Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on Tuesday reaffirmed the government's stance on the 1992 consensus, saying that if China sees the consensus as the only key able to open the door to the development of cross-strait relations, that will not be accepted in Taiwan.
- U.S. reaffirms one-China policy as China protests travel act CNA 20 Mar 2018 -- The United States on Monday reiterated its commitment to the one-China policy in response to Beijing's protest over the recent passing of a bill that encourages visits between government officials of the U.S. and Taiwan.
- Taiwan to face 'punishment of history' over any separatist move: Xi Press TV 20 Mar 2018 -- In his strongest warning yet to Taiwan, China's President Xi Jinping says the self-ruled island will face the "punishment of history" for any attempt to split the mainland.
- China's Xi Has Stern Warning for Taiwan VOA 20 Mar 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a stern warning to Taiwan as he begins his second term in office, telling the self-ruled island it would face the "punishment of history" if it made any attempt toward separatism.
- China to Apply 'Military Pressure' Against US for Signing of Taiwan Travel Act Sputnik 20 Mar 2018 -- An editorial in China's state-run Global Times has announced that Beijing "will and should" respond to US President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act on Friday with "military pressure."
- Xi's consolidation of power not beneficial to Taiwan: NSB head CNA 19 Mar 2018 -- China's recent constitutional changes that allow Xi Jinping (習近平) to remain as its president indefinitely will result in greater pressure on Taiwan, the head of Taiwan's top intelligence agency said Monday.
- China calls on US to 'correct mistake' on Taiwan Press TV 18 Mar 2018 -- Beijing has called on Washington to "correct its mistake" following a move by US President Donald Trump to approve high-level contacts between officials from US and Taiwan, which China claims sovereignty over.
- US Taiwan Travel Act Sends Wrong Signal to 'Separatists' - Chinese Ministry Sputnik 18 Mar 2018 -- New US Taiwan Travel Act sends a false signal to the "separatist" forces of Taiwan and violates the principle of "One-China" Policy, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Sunday.
- China lodges representations with US over Taiwan Travel Act People's Daily 18 Mar 2018 -- China has lodged stern representations with the United States over a Taiwan-related bill, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said over the weekend.
- President thanks U.S. counterpart for signing travel act CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a thank you message on Twitter Saturday to U.S. President Donald Trump for signing the Taiwan Travel Act into law.
- Taiwan vows to strengthen ties with U.S. after Trump signs travel act CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan said Saturday that it welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act and expressed gratitude to support for Taipei from Washington, while vowing to strengthen ties with the U.S.
- U.S. president signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warnings from China CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Taiwan Travel Act, a bill that encourages visits between government officials of the United States and Taiwan at all levels, despite strong opposition from China.
- Chinese embassy in Washington denounces U.S.-Taiwan travel bill People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- Commenting on a Taiwan-related bill, the Chinese Embassy in the United States on Friday expressed China's strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to it, saying the bill violates the one-China principle.
- Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill, angers China Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- President Donald Trump has signed a new travel bill, allowing senior US officials to go to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, a move that has angered China, which regards Taiwan as a wayward province.
- U.S. to keep supporting Taiwan's defense capabilities: official CNA 16 Mar 2018 -- U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris Jr., head of the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), maintained on Thursday that his command will continue to support Taiwan's efforts to increase its self-defense capabilities through regular arms sales and military training.
- Taiwan proposes measures to counter China's incentives CNA 16 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan's Cabinet on Friday announced "eight major strategies" to counter China's latest attempt to attract Taiwanese people to study, work and invest in the mainland through 31 incentives.
- Taiwan maintains goal of procuring U.S. F-35 jets: new defense chief CNA 15 Mar 2018 -- New Defense Minster Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) said Thursday that Taiwan is still interested in buying F-35 fighters from the United States because that model matches the requirements of the Air Force.
- Taiwan to announce response to China's 'incentives' policy CNA 15 Mar 2018 -- The Cabinet is expected to announce later this week a series of measures in response to Beijing's recent offer of a raft of incentives aimed at attracting Taiwanese investment and talent, government sources said Thursday.
- Black Hawk makes safe emergency landing in Kaohsiung CNA 13 Mar 2018 -- A Black Hawk helicopter from Taiwan's Army made an emergency landing in Kaohsiung on Tuesday after a warning light began to flash on its flight deck shortly after takeoff.
- Xi expected to reinforce efforts to seek Taiwanese people's hearts CNA 12 Mar 2018 -- Now that Chinese leader Xi Jinping's (習近平) presidency has been extended beyond 2023, Beijing is expected to increase its efforts to seek Taiwanese people's hearts, because this was the basis for Xi's Taiwan policy after he assumed office five years ago, according to a Chinese scholar.
- Indefinite term for China's leader has implications for Taiwan CNA 12 Mar 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's (習近平) elevation to China's most powerful leader in decades may make unifying Taiwan with China a more imperative goal, but given the scrapped term limits, he may feel less immediate time pressure to achieve that, an expert said recently.
- Chinese president could break customary approaches to Taiwan CNA 12 Mar 2018 -- A Taiwanese scholar versed in China affairs believes Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), who secured absolute leadership through constitutional change Sunday that removes presidential term limits, could break China's customary practices in relations with Taiwan.
- President Tsai reiterates goal of phasing out nuclear energy by 2025 CNA 11 Mar 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Sunday her administration's goal of phasing out nuclear energy in Taiwan by 2025.
- Taiwan to observe impact of removal of China leader's term limit CNA 11 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan's government is to closely observe the impact of the removal of term limits for China's leader, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday.
- Navy unmanned aerial vehicle crashes near school in Pingtung County CNA 08 Mar 2018 -- An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Navy crashed close to a elementary school in the southern county of Pingtung on Thursday, according to Taiwan's Navy Command.
- Japan defends chasing Taiwanese boat as within its rights CNA 07 Mar 2018 -- Japanese patrol vessels acted within their rights when they chased a Taiwanese fishing boat over the weekend after it entered Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and operated there without permission, an official from Japan's representative office in Taiwan said Wednesday.
- China Warms, for Now, to Rival Taiwan VOA 07 Mar 2018 -- China is testing a friendlier stance, at least for now, toward old foe Taiwan as military moves and a diplomatic squeeze have made the island's leaders angrier.
- Taiwan to roll out strategy in response to China's proposed incentives CNA 06 Mar 2018 -- The government will announce measures next week in response to Beijing's recent offer of a raft of incentives aimed at attracting Taiwanese investment and talent into China, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday.
- China's new incentives aimed at annexing Taiwan: premier CNA 06 Mar 2018 -- A set of incentive measures targeted at Taiwanese citizens that were recently unveiled by Beijing are aimed at eventually annexing Taiwan, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday.
- Taiwan reaffirms commitment to cross-strait stability CNA 05 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan reaffirmed Monday its policy and stance on maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait and striving for regional peace.
- China won't tolerate any 'separatist schemes,' Beijing warns Taipei Press TV 05 Mar 2018 -- Mainland China has warned self-ruled Taiwan that it has zero tolerance for any "separatist schemes" amid mounting tensions between the two sides over a US bill that seeks to improve ties between Washington and Taipei.
- China Warns Taiwan It Will 'Never Tolerate Any Separatist Schemes' Sputnik 05 Mar 2018 -- Earlier, the US Senate approved a bill that is aimed at strengthening ties between Washington and Taipei and simplifying the procedure for the implementation of contacts between US officials and the administration of Taiwan.
- Taiwan Visits by US Officials Could Become More Common, Strategic VOA 05 Mar 2018 -- The U.S. government would find it easier to exchange high-level visits with diplomatically isolated Taiwan after approval of a new congressional bill, but experts say the legislation will just turn Taiwan into a bargaining chip in Sino-U.S. relations.
- Taiwan Reportedly Bids for Bigger Military Role in Asia Sputnik 04 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan is intending to increase its military expenditure in order to have more opportunities to promote peace in the region, Taiwanese media reported on Saturday.
- China vows deeper friendship with Taiwan amid fury over US bill Press TV 03 Mar 2018 -- A senior official of China's ruling Communist Party has pledged deeper friendship with Taiwan just a day after state media warned that Beijing could wage a war on the self-ruled island if the US enacts a bill urging closer ties with Taipei.
- Taipei Set to Boost Military Spending, Cites Threats From China, North Korea Sputnik 03 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan's Prime Minister Lai Ching-te named North Korea's nuclear program and China's military exercises in the South China Sea as among the main threats to stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Task force set up to deal with China's incentives for Taiwanese CNA 02 Mar 2018 -- In response to China's recent offer of 31 incentives to lure Taiwanese people, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Friday that the Executive Yuan has set up a task force to study the measures put forth by Beijing and their impact on relevant sectors in Taiwan.
- China's suppression of Taiwan bad for cross-strait relations: MOFA CNA 02 Mar 2018 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Friday that if China chooses to continue to use suppressive measures in dealing with Taiwan, it will not improve relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- U.S. policy on Taiwan remains unchanged: State Department CNA 02 Mar 2018 -- Despite the passage of the Taiwan Travel Act by the U.S. Senate, Washington's policy on Taiwan remains unchanged, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
- China decries US measure on Taiwan People's Daily 02 Mar 2018 -- Beijing has voiced its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the Taiwan Travel Act in the United States and has lodged solemn representations with Washington over the bill.
- China media warn of 'hell' if Trump signs Taiwan bill Press TV 02 Mar 2018 -- Chinese state media have warned that China can go to war if US President Donald Trump signs into law a bill that seeks to improve ties between the United States and Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing considers subject to its sovereignty.
- Beijing Warns Taipei Against Over US' Taiwan Travel Act Adoption Sputnik 02 Mar 2018 -- A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council has warned Taiwan that if Taipei continued relying on foreign support, it might face undesirable consequences after US congressmen passed a bill encouraging bilateral visits by US and Taiwan officials.
- Beijing's promise to give benefits to Taiwanese being watched: MAC CNA 01 Mar 2018 -- The government will keep close watch on whether Beijing will fulfill a recently unveiled plan to offer a slew of economic incentives to Taiwanese living in China, the deputy head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.
- China 'strongly dissatisfied' with US bill on Taiwan Press TV 01 Mar 2018 -- China has expressed strong dissatisfaction with a newly-passed US Senate bill that aims to promote closer ties between the US and self-governing Taiwan, which China sees as part of its territory.
- China Lodges Complaint to US After Adoption of Taiwan Relations Bill Sputnik 01 Mar 2018 -- Beijing has strictly criticised Washington for the US Senate decision to back a bill easing mutual visits and meetings between the officials of Taiwan and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
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