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  • Chinese Official Says China Might Invade Taiwan If ďPeaceful Reunification Takes Too LongĒ

    09/03/2017 7:48:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    SYNGLOBE ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
    Chinese Official Says China Might Invade Taiwan If ¬ďPeaceful Reunification Takes Too Long¬Ē In a recent interview Wang Zaixi (ÁéčŚú®ŚłĆ), a former vice-chairman of China¬ís Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said that Beijing might resort to the use of force if ¬ďpeaceful re-unification¬Ē between China and Taiwan ¬ďtakes too long¬Ē. Wang¬ís statements echo the increasingly assertive stance of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) towards the island since Xi Jinping took office in 2012. In the interview Wang Zaixi stated that although the Taiwan question is a complex issue that must be resolved in the long term, there ¬ďmust...
  • Taiwan stitches together F-35 request

    08/18/2017 11:14:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 18th August 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    Taiwan is preparing to draft a request for price and availability for F-35 aircraft to replace its ageing Dassault Mirage-2000 fighters, now numbering 56 from the original 60 procured during the 1990s. Sources at the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE), held from 17-19 August, indicate Taiwanís President, Tsai Ing-wen, was buoyed by her congratulatory phone call to US President Donald Trump in December which may have given her administration a false sense of hope for continued US arms sales. Proponents of the Lockheed Martin F-35 have even created a military-style patch with the Taiwan flag on it...
  • Outrageous and delicious: This fighter pilot used his F-16 to take some mochi home from Hualien

    08/10/2017 9:46:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The China Post ^ | August 10, 2017
    (Captured from the internet) TAIPEI, Taiwan ó The F-16 is one of the world's most recognizable and widely used fighter jets. It has a frameless bubble canopy, an an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for other weapons to be mounted. It is also quite spacious, with two seats. And even when you've got someone in the back, there is still quite a lot of room ó so why not take advantage of it? At least that was the logic of one Taiwanese pilot who recently flew to Hualien as part of his training, according to an Apple Daily...
  • Defense ministry suing France over Mirage kickbacks (Taiwan)

    08/10/2017 9:29:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Thu, Aug 10, 2017 | Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin
    The Ministry of National Defense is suing the French government for alleged kickbacks paid to French officials for the purchase of Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters between 1992 and 1997, an official said. The ministry has acquired the services of an elite French legal firm for one year for the suit, costing NT$177 million (US$5.86 million), a senior official who has knowledge of the matter said. The France-based legal firm is to represent Taiwan until July 23 next year, but the ministry is to continue the case if the court of arbitration does not reach a verdict by July next year,...
  • Foxconn gives Trumpís jobs vow a shot in the arm with multibillion dollar investment in Michiga

    08/05/2017 6:44:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | August 6, 2017 | Celia Chen
    Foxconn Technology Group, the worldís largest contract manufacturer of consumer electronics, said itís planning a multibillion dollar investment in the US state of Michigan, a week after announcing a US$10 billion plant in Wisconsin, giving a shot in the arm to Donald Trumpís election pledge to lure investments and create jobs for Americans. The new plant will be engaged in the research, development and production of components and vehicles that can drive autonomously, said Terry Gou, founder of the Taiwanese company, on Saturday in Shenzhen. ďAutomotive development in the US is still more advanced than China,Ē said Gou, declining to...
  • Chinese social media users fume over Indian magazineís omission of Tibet and Taiwan from Ďmapí

    07/30/2017 11:31:26 AM PDT · by libh8er · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 7.28.2017 | Sarah Zheng
    Chinese social media users were angered by an Indian magazine cover showing a map of China without Tibet or Taiwan, heightening the tension between the regional powers amid a protracted border dispute. By registering you agree to our T&Cs & Privacy Policy The revised map of China on the cover of the July 31 issue of India Today sparked patriotic backlash from Chinaís online users, many of whom used strong language to denounce both the magazine and India as a whole. But Chinaís foreign ministry dismissed the controversy. In response to a reporterís question about the contentious cover, spokesman Lu...
  • Taiwan's Air Force celebrates 25th anniversary of home-grown jets

    07/14/2017 4:15:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    FOCUS TAIWAN ^ | 2017/07/14 | Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou
    Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force celebrated the 25th anniversary of taking its first delivery of locally made IDF fighter jets at an air base in Taichung, and pledged to continue to beef up its capabilities in the face of the military threat from China. Lt. Gen. Hu Kai-hung (ŤÉ°ťĖčŚģŹ), deputy commander of the Air Force, said at the ceremony that Taiwan has faced many difficulties in procuring advanced weapons systems from other countries due to the international situation, meaning that Taiwan has also had to develop home-grown defense capabilities. The development, production, delivery and commission of the IDFs...
  • White House mistakenly calls China, not Taiwan, 'the Republic of China'

    07/09/2017 7:10:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jul 8, 2017 | Ariella Phillips
    White House mistakenly calls China, not Taiwan, 'the Republic of China' by Ariella Phillips | Jul 8, 2017, 4:06 PM The White House mistakenly called China "the Republic of China" in a press release Saturday. Taiwan is the Republic of China. China is the People's Republic of China. The press release detailed President Trump's remarks to Chinese President Xi Jinping at a bilateral meeting at the G-20 summit. Taiwan has, at different points in history, been held by China and Japan. China does not recognize the sovereignty of Taiwan's government and officially supports the One-China policy in which Taiwan is...
  • Senate Panel Votes to Allow Navy to Call at Taiwanese Ports

    06/29/2017 7:51:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 28, 2017 | Eli Stokols
    Senate Panel Votes to Allow Navy to Call at Taiwanese Ports Proposal in armed services committeeís bill would roll back nearly 40 years of U.S. deference to China under ďOne ChinaĒ policy By Eli Stokols June 28, 2017 9:09 p.m. ET WASHINGTONóThe Senate Armed Services Committee approved a major change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan as part of an annual defense-policy measure, voting to allow regular stops by U.S. naval vessels in a move that is likely to anger China. In a bipartisan 21-6 vote, the panel approved re-establishing ďregular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or...
  • Twenty years of Taiwanese Mirage 2000s

    06/25/2017 5:12:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AirForces Monthly ^ | June 19, 2017
    The Republic of China Air Forceís (ROCAFís) 499th Tactical Fighter Wing has unveiled four Mirage 2000s (serials 2003, 2017, 2020 and 2055) with identical special liveries to commemorate 20 years of service for the type. A ceremony was held at the wingís home base at Hsinchu on June 2. This was attended by Defence Minister Feng Shih-kua and General of Air Command Shen Yi-Ming. The latter was part of the first batch of pilots trained on the Mirage 2000. Also present were ROCAF senior officers and past and present Mirage 2000 flight crews. The paint scheme features a stylised dragon...
  • iPhone Manufacturer Wants To Create Tens Of Thousands Of US Jobs (Foxconn)

    06/23/2017 10:03:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KGTV-TV ^ | June 22, 2017 | Casey Mendoza and Grant Suneson
    In a move that will likely make the Trump administration really happy, a major manufacturer is shifting jobs from China to the U.S. Foxconn, the company known for making iPhones and other big-name gadgets, plans to invest $10 billion in a production plant in the U.S ó specifically somewhere in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana or Texas. The plant could create up to 50,000 new jobs. President Trump hinted at this deal in June while visiting Wisconsin for his "workforce development" tour. "Just backstage, we were negotiating with a major, major, incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions,"...
  • Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

    05/24/2017 11:27:08 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/24/17
    Taiwan's top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. It gave parliament two years to amend existing laws or pass new ones. Wednesday's landmark decision came as the LGBT community faces increasing persecution in the region. In a press release following the ruling, the court said that "disallowing two persons of the same sex to marry, for the sake of...
  • Foxconn plans 'capital-intensive' U.S. investment -Chairman Gou

    04/28/2017 12:25:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | April 28, 2017 | Ayesha Rascoe and J.R. Wu, Reuters
    WASHINGTON/TAIPEI, April 28 (Reuters) - Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, is planning a "capital-intensive" investment in the United States, Chairman Terry Gou said as he exited the White House on Friday. Formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Foxconn operates large manufacturing facilities in China, which is a base for its assembly of Apple's iPhones. The Taiwan-based company has been eyeing U.S. investments for some time. President Donald Trump has made several announcements since his election in November about U.S. investments by both foreign and domestic manufacturers, building on his campaign...
  • Terry Gou in apparent White House meeting with Trump (Many thousands of possible jobs)

    04/27/2017 10:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The China Post ^ | April 28, 2017 | Staff
    Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou was seen exiting the White House Thursday after a reported meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The billionaire Taiwanese tech mogul refused to confirm meeting Trump, telling reporters in English: "My memory is not good; maybe I already forgot," according to the Central News Agency. White House officials did not respond immediately to questions regarding the reported meeting. Rumors of a possible meet between Gou and Trump surfaced Thursday when the Nikkei Asian Review quoted unnamed sources familiar with the plan. That report also indicated that Gou met with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner in late...
  • California officer detained in Taiwan after TSA misses gun in her bag at LAX

    04/20/2017 3:25:45 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 30 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/20/17 | Anita Bennett
    Federal officials have admitted that procedures were violated at Los Angeles International Airport when an off-duty police officer boarded a flight to Taiwan with a handgun in her carry-on bag. Santa Monica Officer Noell Grant was barred from leaving Taiwan on April 13, after she entered the country with the gun that was missed by airport security at LAX, authorities said. The Transportation Security Administration ďhas determined standard procedures were not followed and a police officer did in fact pass through the checkpoint with a firearm,Ē TSA Public Affairs Manager Nico Melendez said in a statement Wednesday. This still image...
  • Taiwan Tapping US, Itself for New Weapons

    04/20/2017 3:21:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 13 replies
    Voice of America news ^ | March 27, 2017
    TAIPEI, TAIWAN ó Taiwan is pursuing a two-pronged upgrade to its armed forces as people on the island worry about recent shows of force by powerful rival China during a political stalemate. Last week, the Taiwanese navy signed a memorandum of understanding with two local companies to develop submarines over the next four years. Construction of the vehicles, ideal for warfare against a stronger adversary, could reach $85.8 million, though the final price is not set, the defense ministry spokesman said.Taiwan looks to the US Separately, U.S. President Donald Trump may approve a sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan in...
  • Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to ban eating of cat and dog meat

    04/14/2017 11:25:20 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 42 replies
    China Post ^ | April 11, 2017 | The China Post news staff
    Taiwan has passed landmark animal protection laws imposing fines for the consumption of dog and cat meat as well as jail time for those who kill and torture animals. The Animal Protection Act amendments approved by the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday punish the sale, purchase or consumption of dog or cat meat with fines ranging from NT$50,000 to NT$2 million. The amendment's sponsor, Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min, said that while some localities already had measures banning dog and cat meat consumption, national legislation was needed. She noted that Taiwan was the first country in Asia to pass such legislation.
  • Beijing has reason to be pleased with how the Trump-Xi meet went

    04/13/2017 8:47:03 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies
    China Post (TAIWAN) ^ | 13 April 2017 | Frank Ching
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping's two-day summit meeting with Donald Trump, overshadowed by the U.S. attack on Syria, gave each president the chance to take the measure of the other and, apparently, each liked what he saw. From the Chinese perspective, things went very well indeed, with China taking the initiative and the Americans going along. It wasn't supposed to be like that. Trump had plans to pressure Xi to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Trump also expected Xi to "step up" and help rein in North Korea. Neither thing happened. From the beginning, China felt it had the situation under...
  • Made-in-Taiwan rifle parts selling rapidly in US: report

    04/13/2017 8:26:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    China Post ^ | April 11, 2017 | Joseph Yeh
    Made-in-Taiwan rifle parts selling rapidly in US: report Around 1,000 rifles built with Taiwanese-made T91 assault rifle upper receivers sold out fast after being released to the U.S. market, local media reported on Monday. Defense Ministry's Armaments Bureau has signed a contract with U.S. arms importer Wolf Performance Ammunition last year for Taiwanese-made T91 upper receivers, or "uppers," and other parts for the assault rifle to be sold in the U.S, the Chinese-language United Evening News said. The Type 91 is the standard-issue service rifle of the R.O.C. Army. „ÄÄ„ÄÄBecause local and U.S. laws made it difficult for Taiwan to...
  • Taiwan Bans Sale, Eating of Dog and Cat Meat

    04/12/2017 4:45:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat, as the islandís legislature on Tuesday passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws. The islandís official Central News Agency (CNA) said the revision showed the transition ďfrom a society in which dog meat was regularly consumedĒ to where ďmany people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families.Ē Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat. Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 to $8,200. The amendment also bans...