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October 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. official urges Taiwan to transform thinking to counter China CNA 31 Oct 2018 -- A U.S. official said Tuesday that Taiwan should change its military thinking and figure out how to make sure it has the ability to safeguard continued peace and stability both across the Taiwan Strait and within the Indo-Pacific.
- China 'opposes any form of US relation with Taiwan' Press TV 31 Oct 2018 -- China has voiced strong opposition to the official contacts and military relations between the United States and Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.
- U.S. to keep backing freedom of navigation in Taiwan Strait: Navy CNA 30 Oct 2018 -- The United States military will continue to advocate for free navigation through international waters, including those in the Taiwan Strait, a top U.S. Navy official said Monday, a week after the Navy sent warships through the strait.
- Taiwan defense strategy built on dual-development system: official CNA 30 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan's national defense will be built on a dual-development system that focuses on both indigenous system development and foreign arms sales, Vice Minister of Defense Chang Guan-chung (張冠群) said Monday.
- American business leader forecasts upcoming U.S. arms sale to Taiwan CNA 29 Oct 2018 -- The head of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council has forecast that the United States will approve another round of arms sales to Taiwan by the end of the year, following a US$330 million deal in September.
- Analysts: Taiwan's Sea Drills to Raise South China Sea Tensions VOA 29 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan, normally quiet in the tense six-way South China Sea sovereignty dispute, is likely to raise suspicion among the other claimants with a live-fire drill near the sea's biggest natural island, observers say.
- China 'will take military action at any cost to prevent Taiwan split if necessary' Press TV 25 Oct 2018 -- China says it will take necessary military actions, "at any cost," to thwart potential attempts to separate the self-ruled island of Taiwan – which Beijing claims as part of its territory – from mainland China.
- 'Armed Forces Will Take Action': Beijing Warns of Taiwan Secession Attempts Sputnik 25 Oct 2018 -- The Chinese armed forces will take action if someone tries to separate Taiwan from China, China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Thursday.
- Military closely watching warship movements near Taiwan: official CNA 24 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan's military is closely monitoring waters near Taiwan but has detected no indications of military maneuvers, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) intelligence official said Wednesday.
- Armored vehicles pass tests, to enter mass production soon CNA 24 Oct 2018 -- Prototypes of an armored vehicle produced in Taiwan have recently passed the required tests and will soon enter mass production, a military official said Wednesday.
- Trump: not worried about Chinese reaction to U.S. ship passage CNA 24 Oct 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is not concerned about possible negative reaction from Beijing after the United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday at a time of growing tensions between the two powers.
- Concerns voiced on warships' Straits passage People's Daily 24 Oct 2018 -- Beijing said on Tuesday that it has expressed concern to Washington after two United States warships sailed through the Taiwan Straits.
- Pro-nuclear referendum approved to be held with local elections CNA 23 Oct 2018 -- The Central Election Commission (CEC) has approved a referendum proposal on overturning the government's policy to make Taiwan a nuclear-free homeland by 2025, bringing to 10 the number of referendums to be held in conjunction with year-end local elections.
- Upgraded F-16 Vipers Delivered to Taiwan For The First Time Sputnik 23 Oct 2018 -- Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft receiving upgrades on the island have been delivered to the Taiwanese air force for the first time as the country begins a massive overhaul of its F-16 fleet, according to local media reports.
- Ships' passage shows U.S. commitment to free Indo-Pacific: DoD CNA 23 Oct 2018 -- The passage of two American warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday was a routine transit and a demonstration of the United States' commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has said.
- US warships sail through Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China Press TV 23 Oct 2018 -- Two US warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait, according to an American military spokesman, amid heightened tensions with China.
- Beijing Expresses Concerns to US Over Taiwan Strait Warship Operation Sputnik 23 Oct 2018 -- The Pentagon confirmed that it had sent two US Navy vessels through the Taiwan Strait, making it the second such operation this year.
- US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait VOA 23 Oct 2018 -- Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait Monday.
- Defense ministry confirms passage of two U.S. Navy vessels CNA 22 Oct 2018 -- Two United States Navy vessels have sailed into the Taiwan Strait from the south and were continuing on a northeasterly course on Monday, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed.
- China attempting to meddle in Taiwan elections: intelligence chief CNA 22 Oct 2018 -- China has been trying to sway next month's local government elections in Taiwan by employing tactics such as pouring money into the campaign coffers of candidates it favors, Leu Wen-jong (呂文忠), head of Taiwan's Investigation Bureau, said Monday.
- US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait Amid Trade War With China Sputnik 22 Oct 2018 -- While a US Pacific Fleet representative claimed that the ship's journey "demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", Taiwanese officials claimed that the island's defense ministry was in full control of the situation and "has the ability to maintain the security of the seas."
- U.S. mulling new warship passage through Taiwan Strait:WSJ CNA 21 Oct 2018 -- The United States is considering sending naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait after two U.S. Navy ships sailed through the strait in July, sending a message to China about the U.S. military's right to travel those and any other international waters, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Saturday, citing two U.S. officials.
- Air Force takes delivery of first upgraded F-16 fighter jet CNA 20 Oct 2018 -- The first upgraded F-16 fighter jet, known as the F-16 Viper or F-16V, has been delivered to the Air Force by state-owned aviation firm Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC), an Air Force official said Saturday.
- Commentary: Stop making waves in Taiwan Strait People's Daily 20 Oct 2018 -- A recent comment from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on the Taiwan issue, part of an aggressive speech against China, was illogical and absurd, and sent the wrong signal to separatists in Taiwan.
- US Navy mulls sending ships through Taiwan Strait amid high tensions with China Press TV 20 Oct 2018 -- The United States Navy is assessing the launch of a sensitive new operation sending warships through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with China.
- US Mulls Warship Passage Through Taiwan Straight Risking China's Fury Sputnik 20 Oct 2018 -- The United States recognizes Beijing's authority over Taiwan, but continues to maintain economic and cultural relations with the island via the American Institute in Taiwan.
- Premier blames Interpol rejection on China CNA 19 Oct 2018 -- Premier Lai-Ching-te (賴清德) blamed China on Friday for a decision by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) rejecting a request from Taiwan to attend as an observer the Interpol general assembly in Dubai next month.
- Pope Francis declines invitation to visit Taiwan CNA 19 Oct 2018 -- Pope Francis currently has no plans to visit Taiwan, the Holy See said Thursday in response to media inquiries, four days after Taiwan invited the pontiff to visit.
- Taiwan calls on China to end hostility, restore peace: MAC chief CNA 19 Oct 2018 -- Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) on Friday called on China to end its hostility toward Taiwan and help restore peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait.
- MOFA expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' at Interpol rejection CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) voiced "strong dissatisfaction and regret" Thursday after the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) declined to invite Taiwan to attend its general assembly next month in Dubai.
- China's engagement in Latin America aimed at isolating Taiwan: report CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- A report released Wednesday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) suggests that China's increasing engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is part of a tactic to diplomatically isolate Taiwan.
- Taiwan's democracy serves as model for region: U.S. official CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan's vibrant democracy, respect for freedom and commitment to the rule of law make it an "invaluable model" for many countries in the Indo-Pacific region that are suffering from democratic backsliding, visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby said Thursday.
- Interpol against Taiwan's efforts to seek participation CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), sent a message Wednesday that states unequivocally that it is not in favor of Taiwan's efforts to seek participation in the organization's activities.
- U.S. reiterates support for Taiwan's participation in Interpol CNA 17 Oct 2018 -- Washington on Wednesday reiterated its support for Taiwan's meaningful participation in world bodies, including Interpol, this time with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) giving a clear statement on the issue.
- U.S. supports Taiwan's meaningful participation in Interpol CNA 17 Oct 2018 -- The United States supports Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations, Interpol included, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Tuesday.
- China should not block Taiwan's Interpol bid: interior minister CNA 17 Oct 2018 -- Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) reiterated on Wednesday the government's desire to participate in a meaningful way in Interpol by stressing the need for international cooperation in fighting drug smuggling.
- Taiwan wants to invite China's top cross-strait negotiator to visit CNA 17 Oct 2018 -- The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) is willing to invite the head of its counterpart in China to visit Taiwan this year, as 2018 is a milestone for the two organizations, a spokeswoman for the SEF said Wednesday.
- Beijing Voices 'Solemn Concerns' After US Navy Research Vessel Docks in Taiwan Sputnik 17 Oct 2018 -- This week, Beijing expressed its "solemn concerns" to Washington after a US Navy research vessel docked in Taiwan's port city of Kaohsiung at a time when tensions between China and the US continue to grow over trade issues and China's expansion in the Indo-Pacific.
- War games to be staged Tuesday, Wednesday CNA 15 Oct 2018 -- In response to a growing military threat from China, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) is to conduct two days of war games in eastern Taiwan from Tuesday, according to a government notice issued Monday.
- U.S. moves toward normal military sales to Taiwan: official CNA 12 Oct 2018 -- Randall Schriver, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said Thursday that the United States is moving toward a "more normal foreign military sales relationship" with Taiwan.
- U.S. urges cross-strait dialogue to resolve differences CNA 11 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. State Department on Wednesday urged Taiwan and China to engage in constructive dialogue and seek a peaceful resolution to their differences.
- Full text of President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day address CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Wednesday delivered her National Day address, in which she said the government will continue to safeguard Taiwan, maintain stability across the Taiwan Strait and ensure the country's sustainability.
- Taiwan President Vows to Maintain Island's Sovereignty and Security VOA 10 Oct 2018 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is vowing to defend the self-ruled island against China's growing assertiveness.
- Taiwan a steadfast ally, trading partner of U.S.: President Tsai CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday expressed gratitude for the United States' support of Taiwan's efforts to uphold democracy and said Taiwan was a steadfast democratic ally and reliable trading partner of the U.S.
- President Tsai outlines strategies for Taiwan's sustainable survival CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in her National Day address Wednesday that Taiwan must bolster its national strength in order to achieve sustainable survival amid a changing international landscape and challenges arising from China's coercion.
- President pledges stability, urges China to be responsible CNA 10 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has reaffirmed her policy of maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait and urged China to be a responsible stakeholder that plays a positive role in the world rather than a trigger for conflict.
- Tsai: Taiwan to enhance 'national security' in face of China's pressure Press TV 10 Oct 2018 -- A defiant Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has said she will boost "national security" in the face of what she described as Chinese pressure to assert sovereignty over the self-rule island.
- President to lay out strategies for Taiwan in National Day speech CNA 09 Oct 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will lay out three major strategies in her National Day speech to strengthen Taiwan's resilience amid the changing environment with the aim of making the country an indispensable member of the global community to safeguard its existence, a spokesman for the Presidential Office said Tuesday.
- Taiwan conducts drill in presence of Paraguay president Press TV 09 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan's ground and air forces have conducted a drill, with the self-ruled island's president Tsai Ing-wen and Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez attending the military exercises.
- China's military threat against Taiwan growing: U.S. report CNA 05 Oct 2018 -- China's military is posing a growing threat to Taiwan because of improved capabilities to execute a military action against the island, the Heritage Foundation has said in an annual report analyzing the United States' military strength.
- Taiwan military capable of protecting nation: defense minister CNA 05 Oct 2018 -- Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) on Friday reiterated the ministry's ability to defend the nation.
- U.S. condemns China for threatening cross-strait stability CNA 05 Oct 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday condemned Beijing for threatening stability across the Taiwan Strait and accused China of resorting to economic aggression to extend its global reach.
- U.S. will not use Taiwan as bargaining chip: Foreign Minister Wu CNA 04 Oct 2018 -- Many of the senior officials in the administration of United States President Donald Trump are highly supportive of Taiwan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Thursday, dismissing concerns Taiwan could become a bargaining chip in negotiations between Washington and Beijing.
- China's 'little tricks' won't hamper Taiwan in APEC: foreign minister CNA 04 Oct 2018 -- China has been deploying a number of "little tricks" over the past few months to inhibit Taiwan's participation in this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting but to scant effect, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Thursday.
- F-16 Sniper Pods Part of $330 Million US-Taiwan Arms Package Sputnik 04 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan is buying 18 advanced targeting pods for its F-16 aircraft as part of its deal with the US to buy some $330 million worth of defense materiel.
- Taiwan to take delivery of first batch of four upgraded F-16s in 2019 CNA 03 Oct 2018 -- The Air Force is scheduled to take delivery of its first four upgraded F-16 fighter jets in the next six months, a military official said Wednesday during a legislative session.
- Protecting Taiwan benefits the U.S.: defense minister CNA 03 Oct 2018 -- Protecting Taiwan is in the national interest of the United States because Taiwan plays a role in maintaining regional peace, Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) said Wednesday.
- 8 allies deliver letter to UN expressing support for Taiwan CNA 03 Oct 2018 -- Representatives from eight of Taiwan's diplomatic allies delivered a joint letter signed by 12 of the nation's allies to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday.
- Ties with China not worsening: U.S. defense secretary CNA 03 Oct 2018 -- There has been some tension in relations between the United States and China, but bilateral ties have not worsened, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday during a visit to France.
- 12 allies speak up for Taiwan at U.N. debate: MOFA CNA 02 Oct 2018 -- A total of 12 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke out for the country in the general debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly that concluded Monday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Tuesday.
- Taiwan Navy to commission two Perry-class frigates next month CNA 01 Oct 2018 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy next month will commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates it bought from the United States, a Navy official said Monday.
- U.S.-China ties more conflicting than cooperative: MAC CNA 01 Oct 2018 -- Relations between the United States and China will face more issues of conflict than of cooperation, participants at the latest consultative meeting held recently by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) agreed, according to the minutes of the meeting.
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