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September 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Belize speaks for Taiwan's participation in U.N. CNA 30 Sep 2018 -- Belize, one of Taiwan's 17 formal diplomatic allies, voiced support on Saturday, the fifth day of the general assembly of the United Nations, for Taiwan to participate in the U.N. system.
- Taiwan welcomes U.S. bipartisan support for Asia bill CNA 29 Sep 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed welcome Saturday to bipartisan support extended to Taiwan by lawmakers in the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, who recently cleared the draft Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018.
- More allies voice support for Taiwan's inclusion in U.N. activities CNA 29 Sep 2018 -- More countries which have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan voiced support on Friday, the fourth day of the general assembly of the United Nations, for Taipei to be allowed to take part in U.N. activities.
- Honduras reaffirms ties with Taiwan CNA 28 Sep 2018 -- Marlon Tabora-Munoz, ambassador of Honduras to the United States, said Thursday his country will continue its strong and long relationship with Taiwan amid speculation that bilateral ties have become unstable.
- Tuvalu, St. Vincent call for Taiwan's participation in U.N. CNA 28 Sep 2018 -- Two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Tuvalu and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Thursday advocated for Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations system, during the General Debate session of the U.N. General Assembly.
- Four more allies speak at U.N. for Taiwan's participation CNA 27 Sep 2018 -- Four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke in favor of Taiwan taking part in United Nations activities during the international body's weeklong general debate Wednesday, bringing the total number of allies who have spoken for Taiwan to six, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
- U.S. announces US$330 million arms sale to Taiwan CNA 25 Sep 2018 -- The U.S. State Department has approved a proposal to sell arms worth US$330 million to Taiwan to upgrade Taipei's defensive capabilities, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Monday.
- Taiwan thanks U.S. for approving sale of military spare parts CNA 25 Sep 2018 -- Taiwan on Tuesday thanked the United States for approving the sale of a new arms package that will replenish the supply of spare parts for a number of Taiwan's military aircraft, including its F-16s, to beef up its defense capabilities.
- Nicaragua reaffirms relations with Taiwan CNA 25 Sep 2018 -- Nicaragua reaffirmed on Monday its commitment to maintaining formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan at a time when other countries in the region have shifted their allegiance to China under strong pressure from Beijing.
- China warns US against planned arms sales to Taiwan Press TV 25 Sep 2018 -- China has strongly objected to the United States for approving proposed arms sales to Taiwan, warning that providing the self-ruled island with arms would breach Chinese sovereignty and do "severe damage" to bilateral relations with Washington.
- Beijing Slams US Plans to Sell Aircraft Spare Parts to Taiwan Sputnik 25 Sep 2018 -- China has issued a note of protest to the United States over its plans to sell aircraft spare parts to Taiwan, Geng Shuang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman, stated.
- Taiwan minister will not attend defense industry conference in U.S. CNA 24 Sep 2018 -- Defense minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) will not attend an annual defense industry conference between Taiwan and the United States this year after the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Monday that instead, a deputy minister will attend the event.
- Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) – Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case DSCA 24 Sep 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II to provide funds for blanket order requisitions to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) for an estimated cost of $330 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Taiwan urges Hong Kong to be tolerant after political party ban CNA 24 Sep 2018 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged Chinese authorities and the Hong Kong government on Monday to adopt a tolerant, rational and open attitude when dealing with city resident demands for more political freedom.
- Diplomacy not a 'zero-sum' game: MOFA CNA 22 Sep 2018 -- Diplomacy is not a "zero-sum" game and cementing a long-lasting and stable diplomatic relationship with the Vatican is the top priority of Taiwan, Taipei-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
- Allies asked to speak for Taiwan at U.N. General Assembly: MOFA CNA 18 Sep 2018 -- The government has asked its diplomatic allies to speak up for Taiwan at this year's United Nations General Assembly to express the country's hope of participating in U.N.-related events, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
- Taiwan calls for EU support amid China's intensified suppression CNA 18 Sep 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called Tuesday for support from the international community and urged like-minded allies in Europe to team up with Taiwan in its pursuit of democracy and freedom amid growing pressure from China.
- Stop spying, sabotage activities against mainland: China to Taiwan Press TV 17 Sep 2018 -- Beijing says Taiwan has "significantly increased" its spying activities against mainland China, calling on the self-ruled island to swiftly stop such "infiltration" and "sabotage" attempts.
- Taiwan rebuts Chinese allegations of espionage as fake news CNA 17 Sep 2018 -- The Presidential Office hit back Monday at Beijing over Chinese media accusations that Taiwanese intelligence agents have been recruiting Chinese students studying in Taiwan to spy for China, saying the reports are misinformation aimed at undermining relations across the Taiwan Strait.
- Mainland urges Taiwan to stop intelligence, sabotage activities People's Daily 16 Sep 2018 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Sunday urged Taiwan to immediately stop infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland.
- Taiwan expresses gratitude for U.S.' 'unwavering' support CNA 15 Sep 2018 -- Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said Saturday that Taiwan sincerely appreciates the goodwill and continued support extended by the executive and legislative branches of the United States government.
- U.S. reaffirms support for Taiwan after recall of ambassadors CNA 12 Sep 2018 -- The United States reiterated its support for Taiwan Tuesday after recalling its top diplomats to three nations in Central America and the Caribbean for consultations related to recent decisions by those countries to cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
- Over 22,000 Taiwanese apply for Chinese residency in 10 days CNA 12 Sep 2018 -- Over 22,000 residents of Taiwan who have lived in China for longer than six months applied for mainland residency between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, An Fengshan (安峰山), the spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Wednesday, citing unofficial statistics.
- Taiwan concludes 4-day national security drill CNA 11 Sep 2018 -- A four-day national security exercise that simulates various emergency scenarios, including protection of the country's key infrastructure, came to an end in Taipei on Tuesday.
- China Prepared to Resist if US Adds Support for Taiwan's Foreign Relations VOA 10 Sep 2018 -- China is expected to use its economic strength to counter any U.S. actions aimed at helping Chinese political rival Taiwan regain a world diplomatic foothold after losing much of it under pressure from Beijing.
- U.S. calls back ambassadors over severing of ties with Taiwan CNA 08 Sep 2018 -- The United States has called back three of its head diplomats in Central America and the Caribbean for consultations related to recent decisions by these countries to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the U.S. State Department said Friday.
- US recalls envoys from Latin American countries for cutting Taiwan ties Press TV 08 Sep 2018 -- The United States has recalled its envoys to three Latin American countries after their leaders decided to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China.
- US Recalls Envoys From 3 Central American States Over Taiwan Recognition Row Sputnik 08 Sep 2018 -- The United States has called back three of its head diplomats in Central America and the Caribbean for consultations related to recent decisions by these countries to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the U.S. State Department said Friday.
- MND mulls attendance at annual defense meeting in U.S. CNA 06 Sep 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday it is still weighing whether to have the defense minister attend an annual defense meeting in the United States this year.
- Taiwan monitors ties with eSwatini after China Africa pledge CNA 04 Sep 2018 -- Taiwan is closely monitoring ties with eSwatini, its only diplomatic ally in Africa, and will continue to provide assistance to strengthen relations with the country, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday.
- Tsai urges European countries to support Taiwan CNA 04 Sep 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday urged European countries to support liberal democratic Taiwan at a time when a rising China is impacting the global landscape.
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