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April 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Han Kuang drills open with computerized war games CNA 30 Apr 2018 -- The computer-aided war games section of this year's Han Kuang military exercises, Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, kicked off Monday with a simulation of an invasion by Chinese forces.
- China likely to step up military exercises: defense minister CNA 30 Apr 2018 -- China is expected to increase the scope of its long-distance combat training exercises at sea to put greater pressure on Taiwan, Minister of National Defense Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) said Monday.
- Taiwan to continue bid for participation in world bodies: president CNA 30 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan will continue to push its bid for participation in international organizations, with the aim of contributing to societies around the world, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) affirmed Monday.
- 'Hottest Flashpoint in the Region': Taiwan Wants US Tanks to Counter China Sputnik 30 Apr 2018 -- The head of Taiwan's Defense Ministry told lawmakers on Monday that US M1A2 Abrams tanks will be required to defend the island in the event of a conflict with China.
- Taiwan asks U.S. airlines not to bow to China pressure on name change CNA 28 Apr 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday it has urged two U.S. airlines not to give in to pressure from China to change the way Taiwan is listed on their websites.
- Taiwan office in Jordan to be renamed under pressure from China: MOFA CNA 28 Apr 2018 -- Jordan has asked Taiwan to change the name of its representative office in Amman, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday, citing pressure from China.
- US sends B-52 bombers for 'training' after China drills near Taiwan Press TV 27 Apr 2018 -- The US says its strategic B-52 bombers have carried out training in the vicinity of the South China Sea and the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, in what a Chinese newspaper linked to China's drills near Taiwan.
- President reiterates need for local defense, aviation industries CNA 27 Apr 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Friday the need to promote the development of Taiwan's indigenous defense systems and help the domestic aviation industry expand into the global market.
- Taiwan calls for cross-strait negotiations without prerequisites CNA 27 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called for cross-Taiwan Strait talks without prerequisites in a statement issued Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Koo-Wang Talks.
- How Taiwan Benefits if it Fails to Join the WHO Assembly VOA 27 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan can turn a failed bid to join the World Health Organization's annual assembly in its favor this year by generating moral support in its struggle against political rival China, experts say.
- China vows further action against attempts for 'Taiwan independence' People's Daily 27 Apr 2018 -- China said on Thursday that the Chinese army will take further actions if secessionist "Taiwan independence" forces persist.
- Military pension reform bill review stalled due to KMT boycott CNA 26 Apr 2018 -- A legislative committee review of the government's proposed military pension reform bill was adjourned Thursday due to a boycott by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).
- Organizers suspend military pension reform protests CNA 26 Apr 2018 -- After a protest against the military pension reform bill staged outside the Legislative Yuan turned violent, leaving 84 police officers and 12 reporters injured, the event organizers announced on Thursday the suspension of further demonstrations.
- Military drills a show of force to Taiwan People's Daily 26 Apr 2018 -- Beijing will take further action to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity if Taiwan separatists continue to carry out secession activities, a senior mainland official warned on Wednesday in Beijing following recent military drills in the Taiwan Straits.
- Chinese Air Force conducts drill around Taiwan CNA 26 Apr 2018 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted an Air Force drill around Taiwan on Thursday morning, the latest in a series of air and sea military exercises by China over the past two weeks.
- China flies military planes around Taiwan in show of force Press TV 26 Apr 2018 -- China has flown an array of military aircraft around Taiwan in a fresh show of force aimed at pro-independence forces in the self-ruled island nation.
- Police brace for protests against pension reform bill CNA 25 Apr 2018 -- More than 1,000 police officers have been deployed to the Legislative Yuan in Taipei to deal with protesters rallying against a military pension reform plan who plan to hold an overnight vigil at the site.
- China warns Taiwan of more action after drills Press TV 25 Apr 2018 -- China says a series of recent military drills conducted near Taiwan was aimed at sending an "extremely clear" message to the self-ruled island that Beijing would be ready to take action against any separatist bid.
- Han Kuang drill firsts: Coast Guard, civilian UAV operators CNA 24 Apr 2018 -- This year's Han Kuang military exercises, Taiwan's largest scale annual drill, will feature Coast Guard officers and civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators for the first time to make use of all levers of national power in military planning.
- Most Taiwanese think military cannot fend off China attack: poll CNA 23 Apr 2018 -- The majority of people in Taiwan think the country's military does not have the capability to prevent an invasion by China's armed forces, but they do not think such an attack is very likely, according to the results of a poll released Monday.
- Taiwan to stage military exercises June 4 CNA 22 Apr 2018 -- The annual Han Kuang military exercises will be staged June 4, following military simulations that will finish by the end of May, informed sources said Sunday.
- Beijing's routine exercises psychological warfare: expert CNA 22 Apr 2018 -- China has continued to intentionally play up its routine military exercises as psychological warfare to pressure Taiwan, including its recently concluded April 18 drill, a local military expert said Sunday.
- MND monitoring politically charged voyage of Chinese aircraft carrier CNA 21 Apr 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense released a statement Saturday assuring the public that the military is monitoring China's Liaoning aircraft carrier as it makes its way through the Western Pacific.
- China continues military drills near Taiwan Press TV 21 Apr 2018 -- The Chinese military is continuing military drills in the western Pacific through waters south of Taiwan.
- Military pension reform bill passes 1st reading at Legislature CNA 20 Apr 2018 -- The Cabinet-proposed military pension reform bill passed its first reading at the Legislative Yuan Friday, amid clashes between ruling and opposition lawmakers, and will now be reviewed by legislative committees.
- Taiwan taps African diplomatic allies as launch pad into continent CNA 20 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan views its diplomatic allies in Africa as the starting point for a step-by-step approach to engaging with and investing in the continent, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Friday as she addressed how the country would respond to China's recent attempts to expand its influence in Africa.
- Taiwan will not cave in to Chinese harassment: MAC CNA 19 Apr 2018 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that the government will not yield to any military threat or other tactics employed by China to suppress or harass Taiwan.
- President looks to increased Taiwan presence in Africa CNA 19 Apr 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that Taiwan will not be absent in Africa and can make more contributions to Swaziland and elsewhere in Africa.
- Chinese military aircraft undertake maneuvers near Taiwan CNA 19 Apr 2018 -- A number of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft carried out an exercise near Taiwan on Thursday, marking the second day in a row China has conducted air drills in the area, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- PLA's live-fire drills in Taiwan Straits a warning to 'independence groups,' US People's Daily 19 Apr 2018 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday, with experts saying that the exercises are a clear and tough signal to "Taiwan independence groups" and the US who are damaging cross-Straits ties.S
- Chinese navy conducts live fire military drill across Taiwan Strait People's Daily 19 Apr 2018 -- The Chinese navy is conducting large scale live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait.
- China bombers, drones fly around Taiwan amid tensions Press TV 19 Apr 2018 -- China's air force has flown bombers and reconnaissance aircraft around Taiwan as Beijing conducted a live-fire military drill along its southeastern coast in an apparent warning to the self-ruled island nation and to the United States.
- No elevation of combat readiness for Chinese drill: MND CNA 18 Apr 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has not elevated its combat readiness, despite an ongoing live-fire military exercise conducted by the China's People's Liberation Army, the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday.
- President kept informed on China's military exercise: NSC CNA 18 Apr 2018 -- Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥), deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), said Wednesday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will be kept up to date on a Chinese live-fire military exercise while traveling in Africa.
- Xi as China's lifetime president: what does it mean for Taiwan? CNA 18 Apr 2018 -- In a historic move, China's National People's Congress on March 12 approved constitutional changes to remove presidential term limits set on its leaders, allowing Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) to remain the country's president indefinitely.
- Not So Fast: US F-35 Deal With Taiwan Iced Over Fears of Chinese Spies on Island Sputnik 18 Apr 2018 -- The US government's reluctance to sell high-end short-takeoff and vertical landing F-35B aircraft to Taiwan is turning into a major disappointment for defense officials on the island - and the Chinese spies living there - according to a new report.
- In show of force, China starts military drills in Taiwan Strait Press TV 18 Apr 2018 -- China has launched live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, in a show of force following its latest warning to Taipei against seeking independence or official ties with the United States.
- Kinmen to maintain routine training, combat readiness CNA 17 Apr 2018 -- The military will continue routine training while maintaining rapid response capability and combat readiness amid China's upcoming life-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait, the Kinmen Defense Command said Tuesday.
- Taiwan Works to Keep Tiny Swaziland on Its Side VOA 17 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan's new president makes her first trip to Africa this week to visit one of the island's two remaining allies on the continent. Support for Taiwan has diminished in Africa over the past decade, as billions of dollars in Chinese investment have flowed into the continent.
- President lauds U.S. license approval for Taiwan submarine plan CNA 16 Apr 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that U.S. government approval for granting marketing licenses for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology it needs to build its own submarines will not only help Taiwan defend itself but will also help maintain peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
- PLA exercise a form of psychological warfare: security expert CNA 16 Apr 2018 -- The live-fire military exercise to be held by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday is just a form of psychological warfare employed by China to put pressure on Taiwan, an expert said Monday.
- Defense ministry downplays Chinese military exercise CNA 16 Apr 2018 -- A Chinese military exercise scheduled to take place in the Taiwan Strait Wednesday is just a routine drill of no major impact, and Taiwan's military has not upgraded its combat readiness, defense and security officials said Monday.
- Taiwan-U.S. defense industry forum to be held in Kaohsiung in May CNA 15 Apr 2018 -- An annual defense industry conference between Taiwan and the United States will be held for the first time in Kaohsiung on May 10 and will focus on issues related to shipbuilding, aerospace development and information security.
- Premier reiterates Taiwan-independence approach as 'pragmatic' CNA 15 Apr 2018 -- Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on Sunday once again described his approach toward Taiwan independence as being pragmatic and based on three basic beliefs.
- MND may raise reciprocal port calls with U.S. Navy in the future CNA 14 Apr 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Saturday tried to play down claims made by local media that it will be actively proposing port calls between the U.S. and Taiwan navies in the near future.
- Military review not attempt to upstage Xi: President Tsai CNA 13 Apr 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised a military drill she witnessed in waters off eastern Taiwan on Friday and denied she was trying to upstage Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) with China about to hold military exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
- Pompeo asserts importance of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 13 Apr 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo asserted Thursday the importance of Washington's arms sales to Taiwan, which he noted is consistent with its one-China policy.
- President Tsai reviews military readiness in Su'ao CNA 13 Apr 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reviewed the combat readiness and rapid response capabilities of the Republic of China military from on board a Kidd-class destroyer as part of a military drill Friday.
- China announces live-fire drills along Taiwan Strait Press TV 12 Apr 2018 -- China has announced that it will launch live-fire naval drills in the strait which separates the mainland from the breakaway island of Taiwan.
- China Prepares Live Fire Drill as Xi Emphasizes 'Urgent' Need for Powerful Navy Sputnik 12 Apr 2018 -- The People's Liberation Army Navy is planning to hold live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait next week, a move that could step up tensions between Beijing and Taipei.
- Military pension reform aims to encourage longer service CNA 12 Apr 2018 -- The Cabinet on Thursday proposed a military pension reform bill that takes years of service beyond 20 years as a key factor in pension calculation, with an eye to encouraging longer military service.
- President to review military readiness at Su'ao exercise CNA 12 Apr 2018 -- The soldiers involved in the military drill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will observe at Su'ao naval base in Yilan County on Friday will not be using live ammunition, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- U.S. license approval for Taiwan submarine plan draws China's ire CNA 11 Apr 2018 -- The United States' decision to grant a license necessary for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology it needs to build its own submarines has drawn opposition from China.
- Taiwan a chess player, not a pawn: president CNA 10 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan is not a small country at the mercy of other countries but one endowed with formidable economic and military strength, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday, as she sought to allay fears that Taiwan could become a pawn in the politics of global powers.
- Chinese president lauds Taiwan's contributions to China CNA 10 Apr 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) on Tuesday lauded Taiwanese contributions to China's development and voiced optimism about the prospects for cross-Taiwan Strait relations while welcoming a Taiwanese delegation at the Boao Forum for Asia.
- China firmly opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan: spokesperson People's Daily 10 Apr 2018 -- China's stance of resolutely opposing the United States selling weapons to Taiwan has been always clear and consistent, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense said at a press conference Monday.
- Chinese Defense Ministry demands halt of US arms sales to Taiwan Press TV 09 Apr 2018 -- China has opposed the United States selling weapons to Taiwan, after the administration of US President Donald Trump agreed to provide the self-ruled island nation with military technology to help it build its own submarines.
- Taiwan's domestic submarine development program uncertain: experts CNA 08 Apr 2018 -- Although the U.S. administration has approved the marketing license required for American manufacturers to sell Taiwan the technology needed to build its own submarines, such a move could prove largely symbolic if the country lacks the ability to undertake system integration, parts assembly and testing, experts said Sunday.
- 'US agrees to provide Taiwan with submarine tech' Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to provide Taiwan with military technology to help the island nation build its own submarines.
- Africa Misses Out on Taiwan's Development Aid Due to 'One China' Policy VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan says it regrets that the "one China" policy insisted on by Beijing prevents it from providing much needed development aid to most countries in Africa.
- U.S. issues marketing license for Taiwan domestic submarine project CNA 07 Apr 2018 -- The U.S. Department of State has approved the marketing license needed for U.S. manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that will enable it to build its own domestic submarines, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Saturday.
- U.S. reasserts support for arms sales to Taiwan amid China threats CNA 06 Apr 2018 -- The United States has reiterated its commitment to arms sales to Taiwan in response to comments by China's ambassador to the U.S. that China's reunification was "unstoppable."
- Taiwan addressing cybersecurity talent shortage amid China threat CNA 05 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan is to set up a cybersecurity academy at the Cabinet level to address a deficit of skilled cybersecurity personnel in the government, amid concern over increasing threats that are mostly blamed on Chinese hackers, a senior official said Thursday.
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