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June 2019 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- U.S. defense bill backs enhancing security cooperation with Taiwan CNA 28 Jun 2019 -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday adopted provisions for enhancing the defense and security cooperation between the United States and Taiwan, particularly on arms sales, as part of an annual defense policy bill.
- U.S. to normalize arms sales partnership with Taiwan: official CNA 27 Jun 2019 -- The United States is committed to a normalized process that will make Taiwan a "normal" foreign military sales (FMS) partner, but there is no specific timing for any announcement, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
- No change in U.S. stance on arms sales to Taiwan: AIT CNA 25 Jun 2019 -- The U.S.' decades-long stance in providing Taiwan with weapons has not changed, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday, amid reports that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has temporarily set aside an arms sales package to Taiwan in order to reach a trade deal with China.
- China's Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Sails Through Taiwan Strait's Contested Waters Sputnik 26 Jun 2019 -- On Tuesday, a Chinese aircraft carrier group passed through the Taiwan Strait, which divides the island nation from mainland China.
- Chinese aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan Strait CNA 25 Jun 2019 -- Taiwan's military said Tuesday it closely monitored the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (遼寧號), as it passed through the Taiwan Strait earlier in the day.
- U.S. helping to protect Taiwan against Chinese election meddling CNA 20 Jun 2019 -- In anticipation that China will try to meddle with Taiwan's presidential election next year, the United States has started dialogue with Taiwan to help strengthen its ability to deal with the issue, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
- Canada confirms naval vessels pass through Taiwan Strait CNA 20 Jun 2019 -- The Canadian representative office in Taiwan confirmed Thursday that two of its Naval vessels recently transited through the Taiwan Strait, noting that the passages were in line with its long-term Naval practice and international law.
- Taking a Stand? Canada Sails Warship Through Taiwan Strait Amid Tensions With China Sputnik 20 Jun 2019 -- Canada recently became the latest nation to sail a frigate through the Taiwan Strait, a move which government officials have indicated was not intended to be taken as Ottawa making a statement against China.
- Taiwan denies donating NT$1 billion in support of Hong Kong protest CNA 20 Jun 2019 -- The Presidential Office said Thursday that a rumor circulating on social media about the Taiwan government donating NT$1 billion (US$32 million) to support the recent massive street protests in Hong Kong was "totally fake."
- Canadian warship makes rare passage through Taiwan Strait CNA 19 Jun 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Wednesday that a Canadian warship recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a rare move by a non-U.S. military vessel through the waterway that separates Taiwan and China.
- Taiwan urges Europe to help it stand up to China CNA 19 Jun 2019 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said in a video played at the European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday that Taiwan must deepen its ties with like-minded partners in the face of Chinese pressure and warned that if Taiwan can't defend democracy, it would be a tragedy for the development of democracy in the world.
- Taiwan increases penalties for spying for China CNA 19 Jun 2019 -- An amendment to the National Security Act cleared the legislative floor Wednesday, with heavier punishments for practices that jeopardize national security or social order, including developing organizations and collecting confidential information for China.
- Top political advisor stresses cross-Straits economic exchanges, integration Global Times 17 Jun 2019 -- Top political advisor Wang Yang Sunday called economic exchanges and integration across the Taiwan Straits a general trend that no force can hold back.
- To Resist or Engage Old Foe China: Focus of Taiwan's Presidential Race VOA 17 Jun 2019 -- The Taiwan ruling party's expected nomination this week of Beijing-wary incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen for a second term in office will kick off a campaign season highlighted by the island's sticky, increasingly strained ties with China.
- Taiwan's legislature expresses support for Hong Kong people CNA 17 Jun 2019 -- Cross-party caucuses in the Legislative Yuan expressed support for Hong Kong people through a resolution Monday, amid ongoing controversy over an extradition bill that has already seen millions of residents of the Chinese Special Administrative Region take to the streets.
- Thousands join rally in Taipei to demand bill's withdrawal CNA 16 Jun 2019 -- Young Taiwanese, Taiwan-based Hong Kongers and members of civic groups rallied in Taipei on Sunday to demand that Hong Kong authorities withdraw a controversial extradition bill rather than temporarily suspending its legislative process.
- 'One country, two systems' in Taiwan 'over my dead body': Han Kuo-yu CNA 15 Jun 2019 -- Kaohsiung mayor and presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) vowed Saturday that China's "one country, two systems" formula for unification with Taiwan will never be put in place in Taiwan if he is president.
- Taiwan blasts HK for using murder case to justify extradition bill CNA 15 Jun 2019 -- Taiwan's Presidential Office has blasted the Hong Kong government for using a murder case involving Taiwan as an excuse to legislate a bill that raises human rights concerns, calling such a tactic "irresponsible and immoral."
- Taiwan Jumps In to Support Hong Kong Protesters VOA 14 Jun 2019 -- Not long after street demonstrators massed in Hong Kong this week to protest a controversial extradition bill that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, Taiwan's president, her ruling party and two of her government ministries voiced emphatic support for the demonstrators.
- Tsai urges Hong Kong government to hold dialogue with protesters CNA 13 Jun 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged the Hong Kong government Thursday to start a dialogue with its people and listen to their concerns, after its handling of large protests against a controversial extradition bill the previous day attracted global media attention.
- Hong Kong students in Taiwan protest against extradition bill CNA 09 Jun 2019 -- Hundreds of Hong Kong students gathered in front of the Hong Kong representative office in Taipei Sunday to express their objection to a proposed bill in Hong Kong that would allow the extradition of crime suspects to China for trial.
- Sale of U.S. M1A2 tanks, ammunition on schedule: Defense ministry CNA 06 Jun 2019 -- Four batches of arms sale requests have been sent to the U.S., the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday, following a foreign media report that Washington could soon grant the sales, which include tanks and ammunition.
- China urges US to stop arms sales to Taiwan, sever military ties Global Times 06 Jun 2019 -- China on Thursday urged the United States to stop arms sales to Taiwan and sever its military ties with the island.
- China voices concerns over reported US plan to sell Taiwan $2bn worth of arms Press TV 06 Jun 2019 -- China has voiced serious concerns about a reported plan by the United States to sell Taiwan more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.
- US Reportedly Seeking Massive Sale of Weapons to Taiwan Amid Growing Tensions With China Sputnik 06 Jun 2019 -- Relations between Washington and Beijing have been actively spiralling downward for the last two years over an array of issues: from an ongoing trade war and the banning of Chinese companies from the US market to numerous "provocations" by the American military in the South China Sea, specifically in the Taiwan Strait.
- Taiwan's Request to Buy US Military Hardware Draws Ire From China VOA 06 Jun 2019 -- Taiwan says it has formally made a request to the United States to purchase new state-of-the-art military tanks and anti-tank missile systems, a move that drew an angry response from China.
- Fresh water shows Taiping Island is not just rock: military CNA 05 Jun 2019 -- A military official has reiterated that Taiping Island is an island, not just a rock, as he welcomed three Taiwanese naval ships that visited the island in the disputed South China Sea in late May, according to a Military News Agency report.
- China's military actions aim to impact Taiwan 2020 election: ex-AIT head CNA 05 Jun 2019 -- China's military actions over the years are being carried out for political purposes in an attempt to influence Taiwan's upcoming presidential election in 2020, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush said Wednesday.
- Nation to 'fight at all costs' for unification People's Daily 04 Jun 2019 -- If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs for national unity, State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe said on Sunday in Singapore, while elaborating on China's stance on the Taiwan question.
- Tsai blasts China for covering up Tiananmen Square Incident CNA 04 Jun 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday blasted China for covering up the facts of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989, which it has been estimated resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 pro-democracy protesters.
- Drill requisition of oyster frames shows all-out defense: scholar CNA 03 Jun 2019 -- The requisition of oyster farming frames during the Han Kuang live-fire exercises in May demonstrated Taiwan's all-out national defense, a scholar specializing in strategic affairs said Monday.
- Tsai hopes for democracy in China on eve of Tiananmen anniversary CNA 03 Jun 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that since China's Tiananmen Square massacre and Taiwan's Formosa Incident, Taiwan has been firmly treading the path of democracy and freedom, and she hoped China would also choose the same path.
- China rejects U.S. acting defense secretary's "false remarks" on Taiwan People's Daily 02 Jun 2019 -- China firmly rejects the "false remarks" on Taiwan-related issues made by U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the ongoing 18th Shangri-La Dialogue, Chinese Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming said here on Saturday.
- Speech at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue by Gen. Wei Fenghe, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense, PRC Global Times 02 Jun 2019
- Wei's speech demonstrates China's confidence Global Times 02 Jun 2019 -- The Chinese keynote speaker at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday stunned attendees by responding to questions about Taiwan, South China Sea and other sensitive issues, after a speech that showcased the full confidence of China and the Chinese military.
- China rebuts U.S. acting defense secretary's remarks on Taiwan, South China Sea People's Daily 02 Jun 2019 -- China firmly objected to the U.S. side's remarks on Taiwan and the South China Sea while welcoming the U.S. statement of continuing to develop and stabilize the bilateral military relationship, a senior Chinese military official said here Saturday.
- China to 'fight at all costs' to defend Taiwan, South China Sea claims Press TV 02 Jun 2019 -- China says a war with the United States would be a disaster for the world as it warns Washington not to meddle in Taiwan and the South China Sea.
- China Defence Minister on Trade, Taiwan: 'We'll Fight to the End' if US Want It Sputnik 02 Jun 2019 -- Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe criticized the United States on Sunday for its policy in regard to Taiwan and for naval operations in the disputed South China Sea, yet noted that conflict or war between Washington and Beijing would be a disaster.
- U.S. reaffirms its defense obligations to Taiwan CNA 01 Jun 2019 -- The United States said Saturday it would continue to meet its defense obligations to Taiwan at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue-the leading security forum in the Asia-Pacific region.
- U.S. to continue pursuit of strong partnership with Taiwan: Pentagon CNA 01 Jun 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Defense said Friday that it will continue to build a strong partnership with Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific region as part of its efforts to maintain security in the region.
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