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November 2019 - Taiwan Special Weapons News
- Taipei prosecutors hoping for help from Australia in spy probe CNA 30 Nov 2019 -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office is hoping for help from Australia as it investigates the allegations of Wang William Liqiang (???), a self-proclaimed Chinese spy who is currently seeking asylum in Australia.
- Anti-infiltration bill sent to second reading at Legislature CNA 29 Nov 2019 -- A draft bill designed to complement existing laws on preventing foreign hostile forces from intervening in Taiwan's democratic political system and elections went directly to a second reading at the Legislative Yuan Friday.
- Chinese executives barred from leaving Taiwan amid spy probe CNA 26 Nov 2019 -- Two executives with a China-funded company in Hong Kong were released early Tuesday after being questioned by prosecutors but have been barred from leaving the country pending further investigation into related spying allegations.
- Taiwan Probes Hong Kong-based Company After Chinese Defector Allegations Radio Free Asia 26 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Tuesday for a full investigation into allegations by a Chinese defector that China has been using a Hong Kong-based real estate company as cover to infiltrate the democratic island and influence its politics and media.
- Defector Offers Details About Beijing's Spying Ops in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- A Chinese defector seeking political asylum in Australia has claimed to have inside knowledge of Beijing's influence and spying operations beyond its borders, including in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- HK firm executives stopped at Taiwan airport amid spy probe CNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Two executives with a China-funded company in Hong Kong were stopped by investigators at Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday for questioning over allegations by a self-confessed Chinese spy that their firm was helping Beijing control Taiwan media.
- Taiwan president, political leaders welcome HK election results CNA 25 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and several political leaders on Monday welcomed the landslide victory of pro-democracy candidates in the recently concluded Hong Kong district council elections, in which the result is being seen by many as a rejection of the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government.
- Self-claimed spy fugitive charged with fraud: Chinese police CNA 24 Nov 2019 -- China's public security authorities have identified a Chinese national who was reported by Australian media to be a defector involved in spying operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia, as a fugitive being pursued for fraud.
- President urges vigilance amid China's attempts to influence elections CNA 23 Nov 2019 -- As China's attempts to influence Taiwan's upcoming elections intensify, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged the public Saturday to remain vigilant so that the country's hard-won democracy and freedom can be protected.
- U.S. urged to send cabinet officials to Taiwan as China poaches allies CNA 23 Nov 2019 -- A former senior advisor to the Trump administration on Friday urged the White House to send a cabinet official to Taiwan whenever Beijing succeeds in poaching a diplomatic ally from Taipei.
- Legislature passes special budget for F-16 purchase CNA 22 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan's Legislature on Friday passed a special budget for the purchase of a new fleet of advanced F-16 fighter jets from the United States, less than one month after the budget was approved by the Cabinet on Oct. 31.
- U.S. concerned with China's attempts to influence Taiwan elections CNA 22 Nov 2019 -- The United States is concerned by China's attempts to influence Taiwan's upcoming presidential and legislative elections through different means, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Friday, as it urged the Taiwanese people to be vigilant over such efforts.
- Taiwan Makes Space For Hundreds of Hongkongers After Universities Shut Down Radio Free Asia 21 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan on Thursday invited Hong Kong residents whose studies have been disrupted by university closures or fear of arrest after five months of pro-democracy protests to continue their studies on the democratic island.
- Taiwan conducts 'routine' air defense exercise CNA 19 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan's military conducted a combined air defense training exercise Tuesday, two days after China's first domestically-built aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that day.
- Tsai pledges to build stronger, safer Taiwan if re-elected CNA 19 Nov 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promised to make Taiwan a stronger, safer country if she is elected for a second term in January 2020, as she and her running mate formally entered the presidential race on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket Tuesday.
- Defense minister: No independence move by island will be tolerated People's Daily 19 Nov 2019 -- Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told his United States counterpart Mark Esper on Monday in Bangkok that China will never tolerate any move by separatists to actualize "Taiwan independence".
- Taiwan President Picks Pro-independence Former Premier as Running Mate Radio Free Asia 18 Nov 2019 -- Incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen has chosen former premier William Lai as her running mate in her bid for re-election in 2020, with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) positioning itself as the party most likely to champion the island's democratic freedoms and sovereignty against a backdrop of protests in Hong Kong.
- Tsai picks former premier as running mate for 2020 re-election bid CNA 17 Nov 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday picked former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) as her running mate for the 2020 presidential election.
- Tsai-Lai presidential ticket formally formed CNA 17 Nov 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party announced Sunday that former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) will be her running mate in her re-election bid in January 2020.
- Chinese Carrier Group Sails Through Taiwan Strait, Trailed by US, Japanese Ships Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- Earlier this week, the US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville transited the Taiwan Strait between China and the island of Taiwan marking it the ninth transit through the strait by the US Navy this year.
- China's first locally-made aircraft carrier transits Taiwan Strait CNA 17 Nov 2019 -- China's first domestically-built aircraft carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the same day Taiwan's independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced its presidential ticket for the 2020 election.
- China's homemade carrier sails through Taiwan Straits, commissioning imminent Global Times 17 Nov 2019 -- China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, the second in total, sailed through the Taiwan Straits and headed from north to south on Saturday, media reported on Sunday, with experts saying the warship is now technically mature and could be commissioned into military service soon, as a base in Sanya, South China's Hainan Province, could host large naval vessels.
- Taipei sticking to 'Taiwan' as country name in accord with Prague CNA 15 Nov 2019 -- Taipei and Prague are hoping to sign a pact on sisterhood ties, and Taipei continues to insist on using "Taiwan" in the accord as suggested by the Czech Republic's foreign ministry, city government spokesman Tom Chou (周台竹) said Friday.
- NCC suspends sale of 3 Huawei phone models over Taiwan's designation CNA 15 Nov 2019 -- The National Communications Commission (NCC) has halted the sale of three smartphone models produced by Huawei Technologies Co. of China, saying a software upgrade had renamed Taiwan as "Taiwan, China."
- 'If Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next': former U.S. diplomat CNA 15 Nov 2019 -- As tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong continue to escalate, former American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is warning that "if Hong Kong falls, Taiwan is next."
- US, Taiwan Team Up to Stop Small Countries From Allying With China VOA 15 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan and the United States have sent their first joint trade delegation to one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies as tiny, often impoverished countries keep turning instead to China, a source of aid for the developing world but a perceived threat to both delegation organizers.
- Han says no to cross-strait peace treaty unless Beijing renounces force CNA 14 Nov 2019 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) said Thursday that he will not sign a peace treaty with China unless Beijing first renounces the use of force against Taiwan.
- Taiwan receives draft LOA on tank sale from U.S.: MND CNA 13 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan has received a draft letter of offer and acceptance (LOA), a contract between the United States military and a foreign customer, detailing an offer from the Pentagon to sell more than 100 M1A2 Abrams tanks to Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.
- U.S. warship sails through Taiwan Strait, ninth this year CNA 13 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Wednesday that a United States warship recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the ninth such transit in 2019.
- US provokes China with Taiwan Straits transit, pressures trade talks: expert Global Times 23 Nov 2019 -- China's solid-fueled KuaiZhou-1A (KZ-1A) Y11 carrier rocket blasted off at 11:40 am on Wednesday and successfully sent the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02A satellite into planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
- Taiwan scaremongering with talk of possible attack: China Press TV 13 Nov 2019 -- China has accused Taiwan of scaremongering after the self-ruled island warned of a possible Chinese attack, saying Beijing could resort to military conflict to divert domestic pressure if an economic slowdown bites.
- Former Top Kuomintang Aide James Soong Joins Taiwan Presidential Race Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2019 -- Former top KMT official James Soong entered Taiwan's presidential race on Wednesday, representing the People First Party he founded in a move that could draw support away from pro-China opposition KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu.
- Taiwan's President Hits Out at Hong Kong Police Shooting of Protesters Radio Free Asia 12 Nov 2019 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday hit out at the live-fire shooting of protesters by police in Hong Kong, amid growing public support on the democratic island for her support for anti-government protests in the former British colony.
- US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait for First Time Since September Sputnik 13 Nov 2019 -- The USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, has transited the Taiwan Strait between China and the island of Taiwan.
- Taiwan to receive first two F-16Vs by 2023: defense chief CNA 12 Nov 2019 -- The first two of 66 F-16V fighter jets that Taiwan has purchased from the United States are expected to arrive in 2023, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Tuesday during a legislative hearing.
- Analysts: Spate of Disappearances in China Sends Warning to Taiwan VOA 11 Nov 2019 -- Amid tensions with Taiwan, China appears to be flexing its political muscle by capturing a growing number of Taiwanese for suspected political crimes, say analysts.
- MAC warns Taiwan schools of possible computer hacking by China CNA 07 Nov 2019 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top policymaking body on China, on Thursday warned schools in Taiwan of the need for stricter cyber security practices after it was confirmed that computer systems at a local university were hacked, alleging the attacks were carried out by China.
- Premier denounces China's '26 measures'; KMT welcomes them CNA 05 Nov 2019 -- China's newly unveiled "26 measures," which claim to give Taiwanese the same treatment as their Chinese counterparts, have sparked contrary responses from Taiwan's two major political parties.
- China's '26 measures' seek to influence elections: Taiwan government CNA 04 Nov 2019 -- The "26 measures" announced by China Monday, which claim to treat Taiwanese the same as their Chinese counterparts, is nothing but a ploy to divide Taiwanese people and an attempt to influence the outcome of the January 2020 presidential and legislative elections, the Presidential Office said.
- U.S. to continue strengthening ties with Taiwan: report CNA 04 Nov 2019 -- The United States reaffirmed its support for Taiwan developing an effective deterrence and national defense capability as well as its commitment to strengthening and deepening its bilateral relationship with the country, in a report detailing the U.S.'s Indo-Pacific strategy released by the Department of State in Bangkok Monday.
- Chinese mainland gives equal treatment to Taiwan people, companies Global Times 04 Nov 2019 -- The Chinese mainland government announced on Monday a series of measures giving equal treatment to businesses and individuals from the island of Taiwan, aimed at improving cross-Straits economic and people-to-people exchanges, as such interactions have been severely obstructed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in recent years, observers said.
- First-ever U.S.-Taiwan cyber exercises open in Taipei CNA 04 Nov 2019 -- The first-ever international cyber exercises co-hosted by the United States and Taiwan that opened Monday hope to combat the growing number of global cyberattacks, especially those from North Korea and China.
- U.S. Senate defense authorization bill cuts parts involving Taiwan CNA 01 Nov 2019 -- The content of the U.S. Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 that touches on Taiwan affairs has not been kept in a curtailed version of the bill, which it is hoped will pass legislation by the end of the year.
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