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November 2018 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taiwan's cross-strait policy remains unchanged: President Tsai CNA 30 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan will maintain its policy toward China in the wake of the Nov. 24 local government elections, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday, urging Beijing not to allow political issues to disrupt city-to-city exchanges between the two sides.
- PLA keeps eye on US ships in Taiwan Straits People's Daily 30 Nov 2018 -- The Chinese military is aware of the recent passage of two United States naval ships through the Taiwan Straits and will remain vigilant, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
- Taiwan Considering Buying F-16Vs Instead of Expensive, Unproven F-35s - Report Sputnik 30 Nov 2018 -- Taiwanese government officials are considering whether to buy dozens of F-16V jets from the United States for their country's air force, instead of picking up some F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters.
- Two U.S. Navy vessels transit through Taiwan Strait: Pentagon CNA 29 Nov 2018 -- Two United States Navy vessels conducted a routine transit through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday as part of the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed.
- Taiwan seeking to replace aging aircraft fleet CNA 29 Nov 2018 -- Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Thursday that the ministry is seeking to replace its aging fleet of aircraft with a new generation of planes as part of ongoing efforts to enhance air force defense capabilities.
- Taiwan authorities urged to lift barriers People's Daily 29 Nov 2018 -- The Chinese mainland will expand exchanges with Taiwan if the island removes obstacles hindering cross-Straits communications, a mainland spokesman said on Wednesday after many newly elected county and city heads said they expect more cooperation with the mainland to boost their economy.
- Two US Navy ships pass through Taiwan Strait, defying China Press TV 29 Nov 2018 -- Two US Navy warships have passed through the Taiwan Strait in the third such operation this year, as the US military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.
- Military launches naming contest for its new jets CNA 27 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan's military is launching a contest to come up with a new name for its advanced military supersonic jet trainer aircraft currently under development.
- Cross-strait policy is the responsibility of central government: Tsai CNA 27 Nov 2018 -- All matters pertaining to Taiwan's cross-strait policy remain under the authority of the central government, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday in response to Kaohsiung's plan to set up a new working platform to deal with China.
- Taiwan's cross-strait policy to continue post-election: analysts CNA 27 Nov 2018 -- The result of Taiwan's nine-in-one elections will not impact the country's steady and moderate approach to cross-strait relations, analysts said.
- Taiwan scraps nuclear-free deadline in wake of referendum CNA 27 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan will no longer aim to become nuclear- free by 2025, following the result of the recent referendum related to nuclear power, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said Tuesday.
- Government to reflect on mistakes, change for the better: Tsai CNA 26 Nov 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that her ruling party will reflect on its mistakes and re-evaluate the government's major policies and members and make changes when necessary.
- Premier retracts decision to resign, citing need for continuity CNA 26 Nov 2018 -- Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Monday that he has decided to remain in his post in the interest of continuity, after his Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) defeat in the local government elections on Saturday.
- Taiwan Election Results Pressure Ruling Party to Take Action toward China VOA 26 Nov 2018 -- The ruling party in Taiwan received a message this weekend to show more achievements, including engagement with the island's old nemesis China, as the opposition camp swept midterm elections.
- Pompeo praises Taiwan's elections as example in region CNA 25 Nov 2018 -- United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday praised Taiwan for it's local government elections, calling them an example of democracy in action for the Indo-Pacific region.
- Navy has no plans to stage drill near Taiping Island CNA 25 Nov 2018 -- The Navy said Sunday that it has no plans to stage an exercise near a Taiwan-controlled island in the disputed South China Sea later this week, refuting a local media report earlier in the day.
- U.S. congratulates Taiwan on successful elections CNA 25 Nov 2018 -- The U.S. government on Saturday extended its congratulations to Taiwan on the smooth completion of the latest local government elections.
- MAC urges Beijing not to 'misjudge' voting results CNA 25 Nov 2018 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) urged Beijing Sunday not to "misjudge" the results of Taiwan's local elections and referendums, in which the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) crushed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
- Mainland to stick to peaceful development path in cross-Straits relations: spokesperson People's Daily 25 Nov 2018 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Sunday said the mainland will continue to enhance solidarity with Taiwan compatriots and follow a path of peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.
- China commends Taiwan voters after ruling party defeat Press TV 25 Nov 2018 -- China has welcomed the defeat of Taiwan's secessionist ruling party in the self-ruled island's local elections, saying the vote showed the "strong will" of the people in the region to develop peaceful relations with Beijing.
- Tsai resigns as DPP chairwoman for election setback CNA 24 Nov 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) late Saturday to take responsibility for the ruling party's crushing defeat in that day's local government elections.
- Millions of Taiwanese vote in key midterm local elections Press TV 24 Nov 2018 -- Millions of Taiwanese have begun casting their ballots in midterm local elections, seen as a referendum on the administration of pro-US President Tsai Ing-wen.
- Beijing Ramps Up Pressure After Taiwan Pro-Independence Party Sees Heavy Losses Sputnik 24 Nov 2018 -- On Saturday, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after election defeats in key midterm polls.
- Taiwan to sign contract soon to dispose of uranium: official CNA 22 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan will sign a NT$300 million (US$9.7 million) contract next week to dispose of its uranium reserves, Lin Kin-fu (林金福), director-general of the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), said Thursday.
- U.S. naval vessels in West Pacific to maintain regional peace: MND CNA 19 Nov 2018 -- The United States has sent two aircraft carriers to the West Pacific as part of its Indo Pacific strategy and to maintain regional peace, Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Monday.
- Pence: US Will Uphold Taiwan Relations Act, One China Policy VOA 17 Nov 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that Washington will continue to uphold the "Taiwan Relations Act" and "One China Policy" after his much-watched meeting with Morris Chang, Taiwan's representative to a regional economic forum in Papua New Guinea.
- China using fake news to undermine Taiwan's democracy: U.S. report CNA 15 Nov 2018 -- China is carrying out extensive "United Front" work to undermine Taiwan's democracy by spreading fake news through social media and other online tools, a United States report said Thursday.
- No signs of a possible U.S. drill in South China Sea: MND CNA 14 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan's defense chief on Wednesday said the military has not seen any signs that the United States will stage a drill in the South China Sea in the near future, as has been previously suggested by CNN.
- U.K. indicates support for Taiwan Interpol bid CNA 14 Nov 2018 -- The United Kingdom government has informed a pro-Taiwan Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) it is discussing with partner nations Taiwan's bid to attend the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) General Assembly as an observer.
- MOFA thanks U.S. for support of Taiwan CNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday thanked the United States for its backing of Taiwan and vowed to continue to cooperate with the U.S. on the basis on their solid relations.
- Tsai: Ma's 'new three noes' proposal hurts Taiwan's sovereignty CNA 09 Nov 2018 -- The new "three noes" recently proposed by former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has hurt Taiwan's sovereignty and sent the wrong message that China's bullying of Taiwan is effective, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday.
- Military must be ready for new threats from China: president CNA 08 Nov 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged the armed forces Thursday to be ready to counter new forms of security threats from China, including misinformation, as she commissioned two Perry-class guided missile frigates purchased from the United States.
- U.S. sale of warships to Taiwan helps regional stability: AIT CNA 08 Nov 2018 -- The sale of two U.S. warships to Taiwan, which were commissioned on Thursday, contributes to stability and military balance in Indo-Pacific region, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Thursday.
- U.S. official: Taiwan policy unchanged despite 'country' description CNA 08 Nov 2018 -- Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, reiterated Wednesday that the United States' policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling it a nation earlier in the week.
- Taiwan adds new US-made warships to navy Press TV 08 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan has launched two US-manufactured frigates as part of plans to boost its naval capabilities.
- Taiwan Navy Commissions Two US-Made Warships Amid Tensions With China Sputnik 08 Nov 2018 -- Frictions in the Taiwan Strait have been on the rise after the United States sailed its warships through the narrow waterway last month. The move drew criticism from Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory in line with the One-China principle that the US backs.
- MOFA to "do its best" to set up APEC meets with U.S., China reps CNA 07 Nov 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will do its best to have Taiwan's representative meet with his American and Chinese counterparts at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Wednesday.
- '1992 consensus' key to maintaining cross-strait status quo: Ma CNA 07 Nov 2018 -- Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday that if Taiwan wants to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, it cannot reject the "1992 consensus," which allows each side their own interpretation of "one China."
- Taiwan interested in drone choppers, mines from U.S. CNA 05 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan's military is hoping to purchase MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopters and Mk-62 Quickstrike Mines from the United States, a senior official said Monday.
- Over 83 percent of Taiwanese people want to keep status quo: poll CNA 02 Nov 2018 -- Over 83 percent of the people in Taiwan do not want to alter the status quo between Taiwan and China, according to a public opinion poll released Thursday.
- AIT chairman urges Taiwan to heed short-term defense needs CNA 01 Nov 2018 -- American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty urged Taiwan in a recent bilateral defense industry meeting to heed its short-term deterrent needs while engaging in developing long-term new capabilities.
- Upcoming Taiping Island drill routine exercise: CGA CNA 01 Nov 2018 -- A three-day live-fire drill to be staged later this month at a Taiwan-controlled island in the disputed South China Sea is part of routine exercises and the government has no plans to reschedule it, even though it is to be staged near Taiwan's local government elections, an official said Thursday.
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