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July 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- MOFA thanks U.S. for mentioning Taiwan in Indo-Pacific vision CNA 31 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday thanked the U.S. for mentioning Taiwan in a speech on America's Indo-Pacific strategy given by the secretary of state on Monday, suggesting the reference indicates the importance Washington attaches to Taipei as an important partner in the new policy.
- IOC clarifies basis for use of 'Chinese Taipei' at Olympics CNA 31 Jul 2018 -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC), contacted by a CNA reporter, confirmed Monday that a 1981 agreement on the name, emblem and flag to be used by Taiwan at the Olympic games remains in place.
- Taiwan will never back down under pressure: president CNA 30 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan will never back down on its democratic way of life in the face of relentless pressure and threats from China, but will continue to contribute to regional peace and stability, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday.
- MOFA rebuts rumor that ROC passports not recognized by airlines CNA 30 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Monday rebutted an Internet rumor that Republic of China passports are no longer recognized by international airlines due to Chinese pressure.
- Two Taiwanese indicted for violating national security laws CNA 30 Jul 2018 -- Two Taiwanese members of a Chinese university alumni association were indicted by prosecutors Monday on charges of violating national security laws, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
- MOFA downplays report on posting of military police in U.S. CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday downplayed a local media report that Taiwan has asked to resume stationing military police at its representative office and Twin Oaks Estate in Washington D.C.
- AIT reiterates stance on reported posting of U.S. Marines at new compound CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The de facto United States embassy in Taiwan reiterated Sunday that the security arrangements at its new office compound in Taipei's Neihu District will be the same as at the current site.
- 'Combat readiness month' said to resume in 2019 CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The military plans to revive a one-month-per-quarter military training program from next year to boost combat readiness nationwide, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday.
- Taiwan to Increase Defense Budget by $598.6 Mln in 2019 - Prime Minister Sputnik 28 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), intends to increase its defense spending by $598.6 million in 2019 in order to increase its capacities to ensure peace and stability in the region, but also to demonstrate the territory's self-sufficiency to Beijing, ROC Prime Minister Lai Ching-te said.
- More U.S. senators criticize China's bullying of airlines CNA 27 Jul 2018 -- A dozen more United States senators criticized on Thursday Beijing's demand that 44 international airlines label Taiwan as part of China on their websites and warned that there were more offensives to come.
- China's pressuring will only make Taiwan stronger: Premier Lai CNA 27 Jul 2018 -- China's pressuring of Taiwan is not conducive to cross-Taiwan Strait relations and will only make Taiwan stronger and more united, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Friday.
- China's suppression of Taiwan will draw backlash: Premier Lai CNA 26 Jul 2018 -- China's suppression of Taiwan will not serve its end but will only provoke backlash in the international community, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Thursday.
- U.S. congressmen back Taiwan as airlines cave in to China's demand CNA 26 Jul 2018 -- Several members of the United States Congress on Wednesday expressed objection to China's demand that American air carriers stop listing Taiwan as a country on their websites and they warned of the dangers of giving in to such pressure.
- China lodges representations with U.S. over defense bill People's Daily 26 Jul 2018 -- China expressed strong dissatisfaction and opposition on Wednesday to a U.S. defense spending bill which includes propositions aimed at China, and urged the U.S. not to disrupt the stable development of bilateral ties.
- Warships traversing Taiwan Strait not abnormal: China CNA 26 Jul 2018 -- The passage of a large fleet of Chinese military warships through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month was a normal occurrence that does not warrant over interpretation, China's defense ministry said Thursday.
- Taiwan won't disappear because of Beijing's bullying: MOFA CNA 25 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan is Taiwan and will not disappear because of Beijing's bullying, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday in a stern protest against China as a deadline set by Beijing on foreign airlines to refer to Taiwan as part of China drew near.
- Taiwan will reach out to world despite Chinese pressure: president CNA 25 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's resolution to reach out to the world will not change, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday in response to the cancellation of the East Asian Youth Games in Taichung in 2019 under pressure from Beijing.
- U.S. reiterates objection to China's name-change demands CNA 25 Jul 2018 -- The U.S. Department of State repeated its objection to China's demand Tuesday that private airlines must change their designation of Taiwan, one day before Beijing's name-change deadline of July 25.
- Government mulls legal action amid Chinese pressure on airlines CNA 25 Jul 2018 -- In late April, China's Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) sent a letter to 44 foreign air carriers, saying that their websites' references to Taiwan violate Chinese law and go against its one-China policy that sees Taiwan as part of its territory.
- China calls on U.S. government to urge relevant enterprises to observe one-China principle People's Daily 25 Jul 2018 -- China on Tuesday called on the U.S. government to urge relevant U.S. airlines to observe the one-China principle.
- China Warns US Against Tightening Military Cooperation With Taiwan Sputnik 25 Jul 2018 -- Beijing is "extremely discontent" with the United States' plan to develop military cooperation with Taiwan and warns Washington against jeopardizing stability in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday.
- US Airlines Bow to Chinese Pressure, Change Taiwan Reference VOA 25 Jul 2018 -- Three U.S. airlines have agreed to China's demands to change how it refers to Taiwan on their websites ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by Beijing.
- Taiwan committed to increasing defense spending: president CNA 24 Jul 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Tuesday that Taiwan will continue to increase defense spending, develop its indigenous defense industry and work with like-minded partners to contribute to regional peace and security.
- U.S. encourages Taiwan to increase defense budget CNA 24 Jul 2018 -- The United States Department of State on Monday encouraged Taiwan to increase its defense budget to a level that corresponds to the security challenges it is faced with, after Taiwan called for the U.S.'s continuous support in the face of China's growing military threat.
- U.S. defense authorization bill supports Taiwan's self defense CNA 24 Jul 2018 -- The United States Congress has reached a consensus on an annual defense authorization bill that will include a provision expressing support for the strengthening of Taiwan's self-defense capabilities.
- Tsai: Ensuring strong national defense 'our responsibility' CNA 23 Jul 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday the government will do everything in its power to defend Taiwan, adding that ensuring Taiwan has strong national defense and self-defense capabilities "is our responsibility."
- Taiwan needs U.S. military support to defend itself: official CNA 23 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan needs the United States' continuous support in the face of China's growing military threat or it will be vulnerable to being taken over by force by Beijing, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) told CNN during an interview aired Monday.
- Fighter jet skids off runway in Tainan; no injuries: Air Force CNA 21 Jul 2018 -- One of Taiwan's Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets slewed off the runway when its brakes failed during a landing at the Tainan air base on Saturday but no one was injured, according to a statement from the Air Force Command Headquarters.
- Centcom Commander: Success in Defeating ISIS Lies With Coalition Partners, Allies AFPS 19 Jul 2018 -- In the U.S.-led campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the center of gravity remains the coalition network of allies and partner nations, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.
- Taiwan fully monitoring all shipping in Taiwan Strait CNA 19 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan upholds the universal principle of freedom of navigation and is carefully monitoring all foreign ships sailing through, and aircraft flying over, the Taiwan Strait, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday.
- U.S. naval ships have right to traverse Taiwan Strait: official CNA 19 Jul 2018 -- A ranking United States official on Wednesday was reluctant to confirm whether Washington will send aircraft carriers through the Taiwan Strait but said it has the right to do so in international waters.
- Taiwan reiterates claim over Diaoyutai Islands CNA 18 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday reiterated Taiwan's claim over the Diaoyutai Islands in the disputed East China Sea after Japan's government announced a plan to teach high school students that the island chain belongs to Japan.
- PLA drill in East China Sea 'tailored for Taiwan separatists' People's Daily 18 Jul 2018 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct a live-fire military drill in the East China Sea from Wednesday to Monday in an area that is similar in size to the island of Taiwan, a move analysts believe will send a strong warning to Taiwan separatists.
- Apache choppers key part of deterrence strategy: Tsai CNA 17 Jul 2018 -- The commissioning of Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters is an important milestone in meeting the Armed Forces' "multiple deterrence" strategy in the event of an enemy invasion, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday.
- Taiwan's military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND CNA 17 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that the military has a firm grasp of any activity carried out by China's People's Liberation Army near Taiwan, and is monitoring the Chinese movements closely.
- Taiwan still willing to engage in communications with China: Tsai CNA 17 Jul 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Tuesday that Taiwan is still willing to engage in communications with China but will only do so on an equal footing with no political conditions attached.
- Taiwan's New Southbound Policy in line with U.S. Indo-Pacific policy CNA 17 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's New Southbound Policy is compatible with the United States' Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy, and helps to improve regional stability while fostering stronger alliances, U.S. scholars said Monday.
- Proposal to replace DPP's Taiwan independence platform shot down CNA 15 Jul 2018 -- A proposal to replace the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) previous pro-Taiwan independence resolutions with a provision stressing the maintenance of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait was vetoed at the party's annual congress Sunday.
- Apache attack helicopters to be commissioned Tuesday: MND CNA 13 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's Army will hold a ceremony Tuesday to officially commission all its Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States, after nearly four years of combat evaluation, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Friday.
- China Sounds Alarm as US-Taiwan Relations Test New Highs VOA 11 Jul 2018 -- China's protests this month over a surge in relations between its rival Taiwan and the United States may prompt eventual retaliation by nervous officials in Beijing, analysts say.
- Amid tensions with China, US confirms destroyers sailed through Taiwan Strait Press TV 09 Jul 2018 -- While Taiwan had said a pair of US destroyers had passed through the Taiwan Strait, a US Navy official has confirmed the USS Mustin and the USS Benfold have passed through the strait, the first such incident since July 2017.
- Army mulls spending US$990 million on M1A2 tanks CNA 09 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's military is planning a budget of NT$30 billion (US$990 million) for the purchase of 108 M1A2 tanks from the U.S. to replace its aging battle tanks, a military source told CNA Monday.
- Memory unit of crashed F-16 found, to be sent to U.S. CNA 09 Jul 2018 -- Searchers have found the crash survivable memory unit (CSMU) from the flight data recorder of an F-16 jet fighter that crashed last month in New Taipei, which could help solve the mystery behind the crash that led to the death of the plane's pilot.
- China urges US to avoid provocative actions in Taiwan Strait Press TV 09 Jul 2018 -- China has urged the US to refrain from actions that threaten peace and stability after two American warships sailed through waters near the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
- China Urges US to Refrain From Actions Undermining Peace in Taiwan Strait Sputnik 09 Jul 2018 -- Beijing urged Washington to avoid actions that could undermine stability in the Taiwan Strait and to respect China's territorial integrity, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.e
- Two U.S. Navy vessels sail through Taiwan Strait: MND CNA 07 Jul 2018 -- Two U.S. Navy vessels crossed into the Taiwan Strait from the south and were continuing on a northeasterly course, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed late Saturday.
- Taiwan military says two US warships pass through Taiwan Strait Press TV 07 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan says a pair of the United States Navy's guided-missile destroyers have passed through the Taiwan Strait as the US and China, which claims the self-ruled island state as its territory, are in the middle of an unprecedented trade war.
- US Warships Cross Strait Between China and Taiwan Amid Trade Row Sputnik 07 Jul 2018 -- Two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday in a move that is likely to be regarded on the island as a sign of support by the US. Separately, the crossing may lead to a further spike in tensions with China.
- Taiwan's Apache choppers to be commissioned July 11: defense ministry CNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's Army next week will officially commission all of its Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States, having completed the necessary pilot training and verification of the fleet's combat capability, the defense ministry said Monday.
- MAC pushing for Tsai-Xi meeting CNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said Monday that his agency will continue to push for a meeting between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) "without preconditions."
- Officials praise new pension reforms as they come into force CNA 01 Jul 2018 -- With pension reforms for civil servants, teachers and military personnel coming into force Sunday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she was thankful to those affected by the pension cuts for their understanding of the need for reform, as that made it possible.
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