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June 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- New pension systems come into force Sunday CNA 30 Jun 2018 -- New pension systems set to impact an estimated 333,000 retired public servants, teachers and military veterans, come into force on Sunday.
- AIT declines to confirm report on posting of U.S. Marines CNA 30 Jun 2018 -- The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Saturday would not confirm a report that the U.S. State Department has requested that U.S. Marines be posted at the AIT's new complex in Taipei's Neihu District.
- Taiwan will not tolerate fake news reporters from China: MAC CNA 27 Jun 2018 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that while it supports press freedom for Chinese journalists based in Taiwan, it will not allow those who spread false rumors and report "fake news" to work here.
- Ball in Taiwan's court if ties to move forward: China CNA 27 Jun 2018 -- If relations between China and Taiwan are to move forward, "the ball is now in Taiwan's court," the spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.
- Counter-amphibious landing operation held in Taichung CNA 26 Jun 2018 -- A counter-amphibious landing operation involving personnel from tri-service forces was held in Taichung Tuesday to test the Armed Forces' combat readiness.
- Chinese military vessels conducting daily drills near Taiwan Strait: Army Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- A fleet of Chinese warships has been carrying out combat exercises in waters near the Taiwan Strait on a daily basis for more than a week, much to the dissent of self-ruled Taiwan, which is claimed by China as part of its territory, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the island state.
- President Tsai's willingness to meet Xi a goodwill gesture: DPP CNA 25 Jun 2018 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Monday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has shown her greatest goodwill to Beijing through her willingness to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- MND declines to comment on reported medical aid drill with U.S. CNA 24 Jun 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Sunday declined to comment on a news report that Taiwan's military will join the United States in an exercise that will focus on medical emergencies at sea.
- Chinese warships sail southward off Taiwan's east coast CNA 22 Jun 2018 -- Two Chinese warships -- a destroyer and a frigate -- sailed southward off Taiwan's east coast earlier Friday, presumably as part of a long-distance training mission, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
- President Tsai vows continued cooperation with U.S. CNA 22 Jun 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed Friday to continue working with the United States to contribute to peace and prosperity in the region amid the growing threat posed by China.
- U.S. voices concern over attempts to change cross-strait status quo CNA 22 Jun 2018 -- A U.S. official expressed concern Thursday over attempts by China to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, as seen in Beijing's escalating efforts to suppress Taiwan internationally.
- President Tsai vows to expand Taiwan's international space CNA 20 Jun 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that Taiwan is more determined than ever to expand its international space as China ratchets up its coercive efforts.
- U.S. Senate passes bill calling for troops to join Taiwan drills CNA 19 Jun 2018 -- The U.S. Senate on Monday passed an annual defense policy bill for fiscal year 2019, which included recommendations for American troops to participate in Taiwan's military exercises and vice versa.
- President Tsai thanks Belize, St. Lucia for support of Taiwan CNA 19 Jun 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday expressed gratitude to Belize and Saint Lucia, two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, for their support of Taiwan's efforts to expand its international participation.
- Taiwan to fight back against Chinese pressure on name: report CNA 18 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan has planned measures to counter Beijing's pressure on airlines to describe Taiwan as a part of China, including pursuing legal action and encouraging a boycott of the carriers that comply, according to a Financial Times report Monday.
- 80 percent of Taiwanese disapprove of China's pressure CNA 17 Jun 2018 -- A recent survey found about 80 percent of the public disapproved of the recent moves by China to squeeze Taiwan's international space, a consensus the pollster said was supported by people irrespective of gender, age, education level, party affiliation, ethnicity, and area of residence in Taiwan.
- China has higher favorable than unfavorable rating in Taiwan: poll CNA 17 Jun 2018 -- More Taiwanese see China in a favorable than unfavorable light, but nearly 80 percent of the public disapprove of China's recent actions, including enticing Burkina Faso to cut formal ties with Taiwan, according to a survey released Sunday.
- Defense ministry mum on missile technology transfer CNA 16 Jun 2018 -- The defense ministry declined to comment on a report Saturday that an American global aerospace firm will be transferring critical missile technologies to Taiwan.
- Declassified archives show Taiwan's missile project in the '70s CNA 16 Jun 2018 -- Academia Historica has published the archives related to late President Yen Chia-kan (嚴家淦), revealing a blue print on Taiwan's missile development in the 1970s.
- China squeezes Taiwan's international space: U.S. Congress report CNA 15 Jun 2018 -- A report released Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) showed that China's increasing engagement with Pacific Island nations is squeezing Taiwan's space on the international stage.
- Taiwan urged to make policy adjustments in ties with China, U.S. CNA 15 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan needs to make policy adjustments if it wants to deal with China and strengthen its relations with the United States, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush said Friday.
- Taiwan 'won't sit idly by' while China's flexes muscles: ex-minister CNA 14 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan is continuing to upgrade its self-defense capability to safeguard its sovereignty as China keeps flexing its military muscles in the skies and seas around Taiwan, former Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖) said Thursday.
- China's FM Expresses Concern Over US Stance on Taiwan at Meeting With Pompeo Sputnik 14 Jun 2018 -- Beijing is concerned over the United States' recent decisions regarding its contacts and partnership with Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at his Thursday meeting with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo.
- Taiwan thankful for U.S. support amid Chinese pressure: president CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday expressed her thanks to the United States and other countries for supporting Taiwan at a time when China has attempted to change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait unilaterally.
- AIT head blames cross-strait impasse on China CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- The visiting chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) praised President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) Wednesday as a "pragmatic and reasonable leader" and said Beijing should take more responsibility for the stalemate in cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
- Three New Party members indicted for collusion with China CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- Three members of the opposition New Party's youth committee were indicted by Taipei prosecutors Wednesday on charges of violating national security laws in collusion with a convicted Chinese spy.
- US-North Korea ties 'no model' for China, Taiwan Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- China says the United States' relations with North Korea cannot be compared with or regarded as a model for the relations between China and self-ruled Taiwan, calling the Taiwan issue a "purely internal affair."
- Beijing Warns US on 'One China' Policy Over New American 'Embassy' in Taiwan Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- On Wednesday, a spokesperson with China's Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council expressed opposition to any official contact between the US and Taiwan after the opening of a new compound for the New American Institute – a de facto American embassy – on the island.
- US opens de facto embassy in Taiwan Press TV 12 Jun 2018 -- The United States has opened a de facto embassy in Taiwan, highlighting Washington's willingness to use its relations with the self-ruled island against China, which claims sovereignty over it.
- Military pension bill up for review in special legislative session CNA 11 Jun 2018 -- The Legislative Yuan will process 18 bills, including the controversial military pension reform bill, during an extraordinary session that it has scheduled for June 11 to July 6.
- New compound important symbol of U.S. commitment to Taiwan: AIT head CNA 11 Jun 2018 -- James Moriarty, chairman of the board of trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), arrived in Taiwan on Sunday to attend the dedication ceremony of the AIT's new office complex in Taipei, which he described as "an important symbol" of U.S. commitment to Taiwan.
- Military drill held in Kinmen following Han Kuang exercise CNA 10 Jun 2018 -- The Kinmen Defense Command held a military drill Sunday to test the amphibious warfare capabilities of special forces troops and operations across multiple-position areas for the artillery regiment.
- AIT's Taipei new complex 'a milestone': U.S. CNA 10 Jun 2018 -- The United States Department of State on Sunday said the dedication of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) new building in Taipei marks "a milestone that reflects the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan partnership."
- Annual Han Kuang live-fire drills meet goals: Defense Ministry CNA 08 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan's annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills that tested and boosted Taiwan's defense capabilities ended Friday with all objectives met, the country's defense minister said.
- U.S. draft bill calls for troops to join Taiwan's annual drill CNA 07 Jun 2018 -- The details of a piece of U.S. legislation released Wednesday calls for U.S. troops to participate in Taiwan's military exercises and vice versa, as part of ongoing efforts by U.S. congressmen to support Taiwan amid what they see as a rising military threat from Beijing.
- Canada opposes China pressuring firms on Taiwan designation: envoy CNA 07 Jun 2018 -- Canada's top envoy to Taiwan said Thursday that while his government does not intervene in a 'commercial' decision by Air Canada to list Taiwanese cities as part of China, "we are of course opposed to [the] government of China putting pressure on Canadian companies to take position on the issue."
- Taiwan holds military drills Press TV 07 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan's military has conducted a series of drills on the self-ruled island, amid persisting tensions with China.
- Memory unit of crashed F-16 still missing CNA 06 Jun 2018 -- New Taipei firefighters on Wednesday failed to find the crash survivable memory unit (CSMU) in the flight data recorder of an F-16 jet fighter that crashed Monday, although they had retrieved the device's locator beacon the previous day.
- Taiwan urges cooperation in disputed waters: maritime official CNA 06 Jun 2018 -- Taiwan's top maritime official on Tuesday called for cooperation with regional partners as he proposed a way to resolve overlapping fishing rights claims in waters off Japan-held Okinotori atoll in the West Pacific and turning Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea into a humanitarian rescue center.
- U.S.' reported new arms sales policy a positive move: U.S. experts CNA 06 Jun 2018 -- Two American experts on Taiwan-China relations said Tuesday that a reported shift in the United States government policies to allow processing of arms sales to Taiwan on a case-by-case basis would be a positive step.
- US sending warship through Taiwan Straits may provoke Chinese mainland response People's Daily 06 Jun 2018 -- The US sending a warship through the Taiwan Straits will do nothing to improve Taiwan's declining situation and may provoke more actions from Beijing, said Chinese mainland observers.
- Live-fire drill staged on Tamsui River CNA 05 Jun 2018 -- The army conducted a live-fire exercise on the Tamsui River in suburban Taipei Tuesday, testing the military's combat and defense capabilities against a simulated attack by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).
- Taiwan welcomes reported shift in U.S. arms sales policy CNA 05 Jun 2018 -- A reported shift in U.S. government policy to process arms sales to Taiwan on a case-by-case basis would likely make it easier to predict the timing of arms procurements, better meet defense needs and make defense budget planning easier, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
- Crashed F-16 black box found: searchers CNA 05 Jun 2018 -- Searchers have found the flight data recorder of the F-16 fighter jet that crashed on Monday, a finding believed to be crucial to determining the cause of the tragedy that led to the death of the plane's young pilot.
- China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait Press TV 05 Jun 2018 -- China has issued a tacit warning to the United States not to sail a warship through the Taiwan Strait, following a report that said Washington is weighing doing that.
- China Warns Washington as US Reportedly Mulls Sending Warship to Taiwan Strait Sputnik 05 Jun 2018 -- Even though it adopted the "One China" policy in 1979, the US maintains close trade ties with the island and remains its top supplier of weapons.
- Missing F-16 fighter pilot confirmed dead CNA 04 Jun 2018 -- The pilot of an F-16 fighter jet that went missing Monday while flying in an annual military drill has been confirmed dead after rescuers found body parts believed to be his in a mountainous area of New Taipei.
- Missing F-16 fighter jet may have crashed in mountains CNA 04 Jun 2018 -- There are indications that a missing F-16 fighter plane may have crashed in mountains north of Taipei but the military has yet to gain a clear understanding of what happened to the single-seat aircraft and its pilot.
- Annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills kick off CNA 04 Jun 2018 -- The annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills were launched in Taiwan Monday to test and boost the country's defense capabilities, focusing on joint anti-airborne operations at Ching Chuan Kang air base in Taichung, central Taiwan, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- F-16 goes missing in northern Taiwan CNA 04 Jun 2018 -- A F-16 fighter jet went missing in northern Taiwan on Monday while participating in an annual military drill, the Air Force has confirmed.
- Taiwan to kick off biggest military exercise with live-fire drills CNA 03 Jun 2018 -- The five-day Han Kuang military exercises, Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, will begin in northern, central and southern areas of Taiwan on Monday, with a focus on joint anti-airborne operations at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung.
- U.S. defense secretary reaffirms commitment to Taiwan CNA 02 Jun 2018 -- The United States remains committed to working with Taiwan to provide defense articles and services necessary to maintain sufficient self-defense capability under the Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Saturday.
- Taiwan begins assembly of new advanced jet trainers CNA 01 Jun 2018 -- Assembly of Taiwan's new advanced jet trainers (AJT) officially began Friday with a launch ceremony held at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) in Taichung.
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