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September 2019 - Taiwan Special Weapons News

  • 11 of Taiwan's allies speak up at UN debate: MOFA CNA 29 Sep 2019 -- Representatives from four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke out for the country at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Saturday, bringing the number of Taiwan's diplomatic allies that have done so to 11, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.
  • DPP passes resolution against 'one country, two systems' CNA 28 Sep 2019 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) passed a resolution during its annual national congress Saturday, reaffirming its stance against China's "one country, two systems" formula.
  • Taiwan thanks Nauru, Palau for support CNA 28 Sep 2019 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) expressed gratitude Saturday to the presidents of Nauru and Palau -- two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies -- during flight transits in Taiwan, for speaking up for the country at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
  • Taiwan's contributions can benefit developing nations: allies CNA 28 Sep 2019 -- Three Caribbean nations reiterated calls Friday to the United Nations not to exclude Taiwan from the world governing body, as the country is willing and able to contribute to the organization's work, from which many developing countries can benefit.
  • China slams U.S. approval of "TAIPEI Act" People's Daily 28 Sep 2019 -- China resolutely opposes the U.S. approval of the so-called "TAIPEI Act," which seriously violated the one-China principle and the three joint communiques between China and the U.S., a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Friday.
  • Two Taiwan allies face pressure to switch allegiance: U.S. official CNA 27 Sep 2019 -- The Marshall Islands and Palau, two allies of Taiwan, face great pressure from China to change their allegiance, a U.S. official said Thursday.
  • U.S. State Department official to visit Taiwan soon CNA 27 Sep 2019 -- Sandra Oudkirk, a senior official in the U.S. State Department, said Thursday that she will visit Taiwan in two weeks' time in a show of support, after Taiwan's recent loss of two diplomatic allies to China.
  • China slams US approval of "TAIPEI Act" Global Times 27 Sep 2019 -- China resolutely opposes the US approval of the so-called "TAIPEI Act," which seriously violated the one-China principle and the three joint communiques between China and the US, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Friday.
  • U.S. Senate Committee passes TAIPEI Act CNA 26 Sep 2019 -- The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act aimed at supporting Taiwan's international presence.
  • Allies voice support for Taiwan's inclusion in U.N. activities CNA 26 Sep 2019 -- Three countries with formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan voiced support Wednesday, the second day of the General Debate of the 74th general assembly of the United Nations, for Taiwan to be allowed to take part in U.N. activities.
  • China will try to snatch more allies from Taiwan before 2020: NSC CNA 25 Sep 2019 -- China is continuing its efforts to peel off Taiwan's diplomatic allies in an all-out attempt to influence Taiwan's 2020 general elections and may convince other countries to switch sides before the end of the year, following its success with two Pacific nations last week, the National Security Council (NSC) said in report released Wednesday.
  • China confirms arrest of Taiwanese national a year after the fact CNA 25 Sep 2019 -- Chinese authorities confirmed for the first time on Wednesday the arrest of a Taiwanese scholar for alleged "criminal behavior jeopardizing China's national security," more than a year after his family reported him missing after entering China.
  • Taiwan unveils prototype of indigenous advanced jet trainer CNA 24 Sep 2019 -- A prototype of Taiwan's new indigenous advanced jet trainer (AJT), named "Yung Yin (勇鷹)" or Brave Eagle, was unveiled on Tuesday, as part of the country's effort to become more self-reliant regarding its defense.
  • Taiwan Debuts Domestically Produced 'Brave Eagle' Jet Trainer Prototype Sputnik 24 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan debuted its "Brave Eagle" jet trainer prototype on Tuesday in the city of Taichung as part of its strategy to boost its defense program amid tensions with mainland China.
  • New trainer jets also viable in wartime: scholar CNA 24 Sep 2019 -- New locally developed trainer jets primarily intended to replace Taiwan's aging AT-3 and F-5 trainer aircraft will also be capable of contributing to the country's defense in wartime, a local scholar said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan's absence from ICAO creates gap in aviation network: CAA CNA 24 Sep 2019 -- A top Taiwanese aviation official has warned that Taiwan's exclusion from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has created a major gap in the global aviation network as the ICAO Assembly prepares to meet starting on Sept. 24.
  • Scholarships to Kiribati, Solomon Islands good until end semester CNA 24 Sep 2019 -- Despite the severance of diplomatic ties with Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, Taiwan will continue to provide scholarships to students from these countries until the end of this semester, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • F-16V jetfighter can outclass China's J-20: defense minister CNA 23 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's defense minister said Monday that the U.S.-made F-16V fighter jet can outclass China's Chengdu J-20 in a dogfight.
  • Taiwan plans to buy Paladin howitzers from U.S.: defense minister CNA 23 Sep 2019 -- Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) confirmed Monday that Taiwan has requested the purchase of M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers from the United States, in a bid to beef up its defense capabilities.
  • Bill covering purchase of F-16s passes initial committee review CNA 23 Sep 2019 -- A draft bill that would pave the way for NT$250 billion in funding for Taiwan to buy 66 F-16V fighter jets from the United States passed a preliminary review by a legislative committee on Monday.
  • Taiwan to test cyber defense in first joint exercise with US CNA 22 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan will soon test its cyberwar defense capabilities in the first-ever Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises to be held with the United States in November, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) told CNA Sunday.
  • Government to reallocate Solomons, Kiribati funds to Pacific allies CNA 22 Sep 2019 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is scheduled to appropriate funding originally allocated to the Solomon Islands and Kiribati and disperse it to Taiwan's remaining four Pacific allies after the two island-states decided to end diplomatic ties earlier this week, according to a diplomatic source.
  • China, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic relations Press TV 22 Sep 2019 -- China and the Solomon Islands have established formal diplomatic relations in a new sign of Beijing's growing international influence which has worried the United States.
  • Solomon Islands and China forge official diplomatic ties, opening a new chapter for Pacific Island country People's Daily 21 Sep 2019 -- After severing ties with China's island of Taiwan earlier this week, Solomon Islands established formally diplomatic relations with the Chinese mainland in Beijing on Saturday, a decision that acknowledges the unequivocal one-China principle
  • China's lure of Taiwan's allies 'harmful' to regional stability: U.S. CNA 21 Sep 2019 -- The U.S. State Department said Friday that China's move to lure Taiwan's allies to switch recognition from Taipei to Beijing has been "harmful" to regional stability.
  • China appreciates Kiribati's decision to sever "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan People's Daily 21 Sep 2019 -- China highly appreciates the decision of the Kiribati government to recognize the one-China principle and break off so-called "diplomatic relations" with the Taiwan authorities, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said Friday.
  • US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser Spotted in Taiwan Strait - TV Sputnik 21 Sep 2019 -- A similar incident occurred last month, when another US vessel, the San Antonio-class USS Green Bay , likewise navigated across the Strait, which Beijing maintains to be Chinese waters, whereas the US and a number of other countries view it as a free international zone.
  • Solomons Recognized Beijing in Latest Diplomatic Blow to Taiwan VOA 21 Sep 2019 -- The Solomon Islands announced Saturday the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, becoming the second Pacific island nation in as many days to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan.
  • Taiwan is to blame for Kiribati's decision Global Times 20 Sep 2019 -- The Pacific island nation of Kiribati on Friday abruptly severed "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan. It came less than a week after the Solomon Islands cut "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan. Taiwan's "diplomacy" is collapsing, and may lose all of its "allies."
  • Kiribati Cuts Diplomatic Ties to Taiwan in Favor of China VOA 20 Sep 2019 -- The United States said it is deeply disappointed in Kiribati's decision to abandon its diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in favor of China.
  • China's campaign to lure Taiwan's diplomatic allies concerns U.S. CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) reiterated Friday U.S. concern over China's suppression of Taiwan's international space, which is deemed by Washington as a change of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, after Beijing took another diplomatic ally from Taiwan.
  • FM asked to stay on after offering to resign over diplomatic setback CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has asked Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) to remain in his post after he tendered his resignation to shoulder political responsibility for the termination of diplomatic relations with Kiribati, the Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.
  • Tsai condemns Beijing after Kiribati ditches Taiwan for China CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) condemned China Friday for trying to interfere in Taiwan's upcoming elections after Kiribati decided to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
  • Taiwan's Navy places order for locally built anti-ship guns CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- The Navy has recently signed a contract to acquire three indigenous short-range anti-ship systems produced by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), the military said Friday.
  • China's diplomatic offensive aimed at swaying elections: Taiwan FM CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- China's ongoing diplomatic offensive is aimed at influencing Taiwan's upcoming elections and undermining its democratic process, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Friday at a press conference, at which he announced the severance of official ties with Kiribati.
  • Taiwan cuts diplomatic ties with Kiribati CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan on Friday lost its second diplomatic ally in a week, after Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced that the country was cutting diplomatic ties with Kiribati as the central Pacific nation has decided to switch allegiance to Beijing.
  • MOFA closely watching Taiwan's ties with Kiribati CNA 20 Sep 2019 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday that it is closely monitoring Taiwan's ties with Kiribati, amid speculations that the Pacific island nation might switch diplomatic recognition to China.
  • China Targets Taiwan's Allies Ahead of 2020 Elections: Tsai Ing-wen Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen hit out at China on Friday after a second Pacific nation announced it was terminating diplomatic ties with the democratic island to establish relations with the People's Republic of China instead.
  • 67 Taiwanese missing in China since Tsai took office: agency CNA 19 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Wednesday it has received 149 reports of missing Taiwanese since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office May 20, 2016, of whom the whereabouts of 67 remain unknown.
  • U.S. arms sales to Taiwan justified, declassified Reagan memo reveals CNA 18 Sep 2019 -- A recently declassified White House document published by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) provides evidence that American arms sales to Taiwan do not flout the terms of a joint communique issued by the United States and China in August 1982, despite Beijing's strong protest against such deals.
  • US to review reasons for Solomon Islands' diplomatic switch CNA 18 Sep 2019 -- The United States opposes China's destabilization of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and will look into the the reasons the Solomon Islands' decided Monday to change allegiance from Taipei to Beijing, a senior U.S. official told CNA Tuesday.
  • Taiwan Sees Shake-up of Presidential Candidates As Solomon Islands Severs Ties Radio Free Asia 17 Sep 2019 -- Former Taiwan vice-president Annette Lu on Tuesday threw her hat into the ring ahead of presidential elections next year, as Beijing warned the democratic island that it could face total isolation on the world stage if it votes for incumbent and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen.
  • Money diplomacy contest between democracy, authoritarianism: envoy CNA 17 Sep 2019 -- China's ongoing money diplomacy to snatch away Taiwan's diplomatic allies is not merely a diplomatic competition between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait but also a competition between China's model of authoritarian government and Western-style democracy, according to Taiwan's top envoy to the European Union.
  • U.S. slams China for undermining cross-strait status quo CNA 17 Sep 2019 -- The United States reiterated its support for the status quo in the cross-Taiwan Strait relations Tuesday, including Taiwan's diplomatic ties, one day after the Solomon Islands decided to sever ties with Taipei.
  • U.S. senators call for swift passage of TAIPEI Act to help Taiwan CNA 17 Sep 2019 -- Several U.S. senators have called for the swift passage of a draft bill in the U.S. Congress in an effort to help Taiwan keep its diplomatic allies, a day after Taiwan announced the severing of ties with the Solomon Islands in the wake of the Pacific country's decision to switch allegiance to Beijing.
  • China praises Solomon Islands for cutting ties with Taiwan island Global Times 17 Sep 2019 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council praised Solomon Islands on Tuesday after the country ended "diplomatic ties" with the island of Taiwan on Monday, saying that the decision will benefit the country's people and the one-China principle in an overwhelming global trend of recognition.
  • China 'highly appreciates' Solomon Islands' cutting Taiwan ties People's Daily 17 Sep 2019 -- China on Monday said it highly appreciates the Solomon Islands' decision to cut the "diplomatic ties" with the island of Taiwan and acknowledge the one-China principle.
  • Taiwan Sees Shake-up of Presidential Candidates As Solomon Islands Severs Ties Radio Free Asia 17 Sep 2019 -- Former Taiwan vice-president Annette Lu on Tuesday threw her hat into the ring ahead of presidential elections next year, as Beijing warned the democratic island that it could face total isolation on the world stage if it votes for incumbent and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen.
  • Taiwan will never succumb to threat: President Tsai CNA 16 Sep 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed regret at the Solomon Islands' decision on Monday to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, and said Taiwan will never succumb to threats despite facing China's interference and suppression.
  • Taiwan breaks diplomatic ties with Solomon Islands (update) CNA 16 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan has cut diplomatic ties with the Solomon Islands as the South Pacific island-nation has decided to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced Monday.
  • Solomon ties switch shows China extending its influence in region CNA 16 Sep 2019 -- The Solomon Islands' decision to switch its recognition to Beijing from Taipei showed China was making efforts to impose its influence on the regional power balance, scholars said Monday.
  • Taiwan's deputy FM visits Solomon Islands in bid to save ties CNA 16 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉) arrived in the Solomon Islands Monday to discuss Taiwan's relations with the country to save diplomatic ties amid speculation that the Pacific state will switch recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
  • China 'highly appreciates' Solomon Islands' cutting Taiwan ties Global Times 16 Sep 2019 -- China on Monday said it highly appreciates the Solomon Islands' decision to cut the "diplomatic ties" with the island of Taiwan and acknowledge the one-China principle.
  • Solomon Islands Votes to Cut Official Ties With Taiwan Sputnik 16 Sep 2019 -- Earlier this month, media reports said that the Pacific Ocean country of the Solomon Islands was planning to diplomatically recognise Beijing as the legitimate government of China rather than the Taipei government.
  • DPP lawmaker lobbies for Taiwan to join Pacific military exercises CNA 15 Sep 2019 -- Wang Ting-yu (王定宇), convener of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, said Saturday that the Unites States should invite Taiwan to participate in the upcoming multi-national military exercises in the Pacific, based on U.S. laws that have already been enacted.
  • Bill for purchase of F-16s likely to be passed in October: lawmaker CNA 14 Sep 2019 -- A draft bill that would pave the way for Taiwan to buy a new fleet of advanced F-16 fighter jets from the United States is expected to be passed in the Legislature by the end of October, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker said Saturday.
  • Canada Sends Warships Through Sensitive Taiwan Strait VOA 13 Sep 2019 -- The Canadian navy has, in the last three months, passed two warships through the Taiwan Strait, a move analysts say is probably an expression of Canadian support for Washington and opposition to China.
  • U.S. concerned at Taiwan's falling number of diplomatic allies CNA 12 Sep 2019 -- A U.S. official on Wednesday expressed concern over reports the Solomon Islands is considering a shift in diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, saying that maintaining diplomatic partners is one way for Taiwan to ensure it is not isolated from the international community and ensure peace and stability in the region.
  • Taiwan foreign minister warns allies over China's financial pledges CNA 12 Sep 2019 -- Chinese pledges of financial assistance are often not reliable, resulting in a country that recently cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan since seeking to re-establish relations, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) revealed in a recent interview with CNA.
  • Defense report details coastal strategy to repel Chinese forces CNA 11 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's latest defense report, released Wednesday, made public for the first time the military's plans to repel invading Chinese forces along the coast of Taiwan proper as part of the country's new defense strategy adopted since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in 2016.
  • Taiwan urges support for freedom of navigation in South China Sea CNA 11 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Wednesday called on all nations in the region to recognize freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, amid Beijing's maritime expansion and militarization efforts in the contested waters.
  • Taiwan calls for details of citizen detained in China CNA 11 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's government demanded Beijing Wednesday to give a full account of the detention of Lee Meng-chu (李孟居), a Taiwanese citizen who went missing after reportedly crossing the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen last month.
  • Taiwanese questioned for jeopardizing China's national security CNA 11 Sep 2019 -- A Taiwanese citizen who went missing in Hong Kong last month is being questioned by the Chinese authorities for alleged "criminal activities that could jeopardize China's national security," a Chinese government spokesman said Wednesday.
  • China Confirms Holding Taiwan National For 'Harming State Security' Radio Free Asia 11 Sep 2019 -- Chinese officials have confirmed that they are holding a Taiwanese man who "disappeared" in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen after reportedly handing out photos of troops gathering near the border with Hong Kong after weeks of anti-extradition protests.
  • China Stockpiles Options for Taiwan Charm Offensive VOA 11 Sep 2019 -- China, despite its pressure against Taiwan's military and foreign relations, is stocking up ways to charm the self-ruled island that it hopes someday to bring under its flag, experts believe.
  • Another Canadian warship passes through Taiwan Strait CNA 10 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Canadian representative office in Taipei confirmed Tuesday that a Canadian warship recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a rare passage by a non-American military vessel.
  • Taiwan continues efforts to maintain ties with Solomon Islands CNA 10 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's ambassador to the Solomon Islands has pledged all-out efforts to settle the challenges facing diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the South Pacific island-nation amid speculation of a possible diplomatic switch from Taiwan to China.
  • Solomon Islands' officials tight-lipped on diplomatic ties with Taiwan CNA 09 Sep 2019 -- Visiting high-level foreign affairs officials from the Solomon Islands were tight-lipped on Monday regarding speculations the Pacific island country will soon switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
  • President receives Solomon Islands FM amid rumors of shaky ties CNA 09 Sep 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) received Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele at the Presidential Office Monday.
  • PLA conducts joint land assault exercises near Taiwan Global Times 08 Sep 2019 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a joint land assault exercise featuring multiple military branches near the island of Taiwan, which military experts said on Sunday shows the Chinese military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces and intends to send a stern warning to countries that intervene in China's internal affairs.
  • Cabinet passes bill for NT$250 billion F-16 budget CNA 05 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan's Cabinet passed a draft bill Thursday that paves the way for the purchase of a new fleet of advanced F-16 fighter jets from the United States at a cost of NT$250 billion (US$8.08 billion) to boost its defense capabilities amid the rising threat from China.
  • MAC welcomes 'positive step' taken by HK government CNA 05 Sep 2019 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top policymaking body on China, on Thursday welcomed the decision by Hong Kong's government to withdraw an extradition bill that has caused nearly three months of protests in the territory.
  • Ties with Taiwan in Solomon Islands' interests: MOFA CNA 03 Sep 2019 -- The majority of parliament members of the Solomon Islands and its citizens still support Taiwan, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday, expressing belief that the Solomon Islands' parliament will realize that it is in its best interests to maintain ties with Taiwan.
  • 'Clearly Leaning Toward Beijing': Solomon Islands May Soon Abandon Taiwan Recognition Sputnik 03 Sep 2019 -- The Oceanic country of the Solomon Islands might soon switch its recognition of the legitimate government of China from Taipei to Beijing, leaving the autonomous island with just 16 countries on its side of the dispute. A pro-Beijing Solomon Islands is likely to rile strategists in Canberra and Washington, too.
  • Joshua Wong arrives in Taiwan, calls for wider support of HK protests CNA 03 Sep 2019 -- Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) on Tuesday called for wider support from the Taiwanese government and its people for Hong Kong's ongoing democratic movement, as he arrived in the country to meet with government representatives and some independence-supporting local politicians.
  • Solomon Islands forms task force to shift ties from Taiwan to China Press TV 02 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan is expected to lose yet another ally on the international stage as the Solomon Islands considers developing ties with China, in a move which will leave the self-ruled island with only sixteen allies across the world.
  • Taiwan to buy F-16s from the U.S. relatively cheaply: lawmakers CNA 01 Sep 2019 -- Taiwan is expected to spend NT$250 billion (US$8.08 billion) to buy 66 F-16 fighter jets from the United States, which will put the cost of a single aircraft at a relatively cheap price of US$121.7 million, according to Taiwanese lawmakers.



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