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  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Singapore troops in China cast cloud on Taiwan military ties

    11/05/2014 8:22:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Nov 06, 2014 | Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung
    The 40-year cooperation between the Republic of China Army and the Singapore Army may be at risk after the city-state sent 70 soldiers to China to an eight-day joint exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday. The Singaporean soldiers sent to China are from “Project Starlight,” an agreement reached between former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and then-Singaporean prime minister Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀) in 1974 and ratified in 1975 under which Taiwan’s military helps train Singaporean troops in the so-called Starlight Exercises. The government will closely monitor the joint exercises between the PLA and the Singaporean troops, the...
  • Antique submarines remain the key to struggling Taiwan navy fleet

    11/04/2014 2:43:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | November 2, 2014 | Benjamin Yeh
    At 70 years old, Taiwans World War II-era Hai Pao submarine would not be out of place in a museum, but the antique vessel is still part of the navy - a sign of the islands ongoing struggle to strengthen its fleet. The subs interior gleams with highly polished copper and is the pride of its crew. But the fact that the former US warship is still on active duty is testament to Taiwans decades-long battle to build up its submarine force, with potential suppliers wary of jeopardising relations with China. China has opposed any arms sales to the island,...
  • Putin raises stakes in Asia

    02/01/2005 6:18:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Japan Times ^ | February 2, 2005 | DAVID WALL
    LONDON -- In October, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao stood together in the State Guest House in Beijing while their respective foreign secretaries signed an historic agreement defining the two countries' common 4,374-km border for the first time. The border was an issue over which several battles had been fought in the past. It took a while to close the deal because of disagreement over a few islands in the Amur, Ussuri and Argun rivers, which make up China's northwest border with Russia. Nobody spoiled the party by pointing out that this border is between Inner...
  • Taiwan's self-designed corvette undergoes testing

    10/27/2014 6:42:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2014/10/27 | Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu
    Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) Taiwan's first locally designed stealth missile corvette, the 502-ton Tuo Chiang (Tuo River), began sea trials of its dynamic system Monday. The ship was towed from the Lung Teh Shipbuidling Co. at the port of Nanfangao in Yilan County and sailed to waters south of Kueishan Island and north of Hualien Harbor. Despite heavy seas off the port of Suao, the twin-hull construction of the corvette enabled it to maintain high-speed navigation. The Navy said the tests entailed checking whether the engine can meet the requirements of traveling at high and low speeds. After the tests,...
  • Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good?

    10/22/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 21, 2014 | Richard Rosecrance
    Taipei is very closely watching Beijings actions in Hong Kongand so far it doesnt like what it sees. The events of the past three weeks in Hong Kong have underlined two major points. First, Beijings policy has not changed. Second, Chinas attempt to reintegrate Taiwan with the mainland has been postponed indefinitelyperhaps forever. Beijings preeminent leader, Xi Jinping, has refused to allow Hong Kongers to participate in the nomination process that is the first step in the selection of the next leader of the province. This does not surprise anyone in Taipei. Even though Beijing formally accepts the one country-two...
  • Taiwan test-fires `ship killers' from submarine

    10/19/2014 10:34:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States. The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu (Sea Tiger), a Dutch-built conventional submarine, during a drill last week, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News said, citing unnamed naval sources. The navy started taking delivery of the missiles last year to arm two submarines. The missiles, which have a range of 278 kilometers, would boost the attack capabilities of the two submarines previously only armed with torpedoes with a limited range, naval sources were...
  • To confront US allies China needs 1,200 J-10B fighters: Russian media

    10/12/2014 3:18:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-10-12
    China will need to produce about 1,200 fourth-generation fighters to be able to confront the air forces of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, if the three nations are successful in their bids to acquire advanced American fighters, in any potential conflict, according to the Moscow-based Russian Military Analysis on Oct. 9. Even though Taiwan maintains close economic ties with mainland China, the Russian-language newspaper said that the Taiwanese government under the leadership of Ma Ying-jeou has not given up its intention of purchasing advanced fighters from the United States such as the F-16C/D and even the F-35. Japan and South...
  • Taiwans Largest and Most Advanced Research Vessel Has Sunk

    10/10/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    the Taiwanese-flagged ocean research and survey vessel, RV Ocean Researcher V, has sunk. The 2,700-ton Ocean Researcher V, or OR V, is the flagship research vessel of the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI), part of the National Applied Research Laboratories operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the Republic of China. The vessel is officially owned by National Science Council. ... the ship sank Friday night in the vicinity of the Penghu Islands, located in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and the China mainland ... The vessel was only delivered in August 2012 and had its maiden voyage...
  • ROC Navy Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River", first Taiwanese LCS, started Sea Trials

    09/28/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 28 September 2014
    Taiwan's first vessel in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes started its trials at sea. The "Tuo River" was going out at sea for the first time from Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county, where it was christened in March this year. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015. The "Tuo River" Catamaran Corvette sailing under its own power. Picture: Internet/Lee Chung Wei This new vessel project was first unveiled during TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, in August 2013. The corvette was built...
  • China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle

    09/24/2014 6:52:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Axe
    The bad news first. The Peoples Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Now the good news. China is wrongand for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of Americas nuclear-powered submarines. Moreover, for economic and demographic reasons Beijing has a narrow historical window in which to use its military to alter the worlds power structure. If China doesnt make a major military move in the next couple decades, it probably never will. The U.S....
  • VIDEO: Run Silent, Run Deep (John Batchelor show)

    09/22/2014 6:53:35 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 17 September 2014 | John Batchelor
    video 6:57 Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Australians and Japanese on a slowly-accelerating alliance, hitherto with the US in between; but as Japan has been reaching out to India, now it approaches Australia, esp now that its relaxed its self-imposed restrictions on weapons sales. Taiwan wants to buy submarines, which the US refuses to supply. Is Japan the next arsenal of democracy? In the Philippines, yes its almost a vacuum, and dangerous because of China's feints. I once thought that they'd sell an older design to a US firm to modify and sell to Taiwan, but if China...
  • Italian Eatery Under Fire Over Nazi-Themed Dish ('Long Live the Nazis' Spaghetti)

    08/31/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan have expressed shock and regret at an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) serving a dish named “Long Live Nazi spaghetti (納粹萬歲麵),” saying it showed how some Taiwanese lack understanding about history and the Nazi slaughter of Jews and other minorities. The restaurant owner, Tsao Ya-hsin, was quoted by cable news channel TVBS on Sunday as saying that she named the dish to get customers’ attention, but that she did not wish to specifically place emphasis on the word “Nazi.” Tsao added that she named the dish so because...
  • Anger flares as mainland Chinese muscle in on Taiwan property

    08/13/2014 12:03:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:52pm EDT | Yimou Lee and Faith Hung
    Mainland Chinese are skirting rules aimed at limiting their purchases of property in Taiwan, stirring anger among local home buyers and fueling worries over Beijings creeping influence over an island that it views as a renegade province. While Chinese money has boosted property markets across the worldfrom Sydney and London to Vancouvermainland capital flows into the self-ruled island are an especially emotive issue for many Taiwanese. The government in Taipei has been criticized by some for not being more restrictive on mainland ownership of Taiwanese real estate. Fueling fears of further encroachment by Beijing is a review of a cross-strait...
  • Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung hit by massive gas explosion

    07/31/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 31 July 2014 | Chris Johnston
    Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung hit by massive gas explosion Deaths reported after leak in sewerage system causes 'white fog' which exploded Chris Johnston theguardian.com, Thursday 31 July 2014 21.14 BST At least 15 people have been killed and more than 230 injured by explosions in a southern Taiwanese city thought to have been caused by a gas leak in the sewerage system. Witnesses said that gas leaks began at about 9pm local time in Kaohsiung. The leaking gas formed a white fog, which then ignited and sparked massive explosions on several streets, China's Central News Agency reported.
  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • Report: Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 51 People

    07/23/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 23, 2014
    Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people. The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.
  • 45 feared dead, 9 injured in Penghu plane crash

    07/23/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 38 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 23 July 2014 | Elizabeth Hsu
    Taipei, July 23 (CNA) As many as 45 people are feared dead and nine people are injured after a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways crashed on the outlying island county of Penghu Wednesday. The local fire department said that the 45 had no life signs after the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m. The flight, coded GE 222, took off at 5 p.m. in Kaohsiung and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later. The reason the crash happened over an hour later was not immediately clear. (By Elizabeth Hsu)
  • WATCH: Adorable boy comforts girl on first day of preschool: "Don't worry, I'll protect you"

    07/03/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.dramafever.com ^ | july 1, 2014 | nancy z
    This delightful video was taken on a girl's first day at a kindergarten. She's clearly worried. The boy sitting next to her, however, is very comforting and reassuring. The video has been trending in Taiwan and people are commenting how 'manly' this little boy is. Their hilarious dialogue has struck a chord with the viewers and the video has become very popular.
  • 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Taiwan

    05/20/2014 7:57:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    South China Morning Pot ^ | Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
    No reported casualties or damage as yet; epicentre said to be in southwestA 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan today and shook buildings in the capital, the Seismology Centre said. SNIP The quake struck at 8.21am local time, with its epicentre 33.3 kilometres southwest of the eastern city of Hualien, at a depth of 18 kilometres, the centre said. SNIP
  • Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border

    05/19/2014 1:30:16 PM PDT · by traumer · 40 replies
    A large number of Peoples Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China-Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kongs Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam have already fled the country amid anti-China riots, which were sparked by a tense standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 4. The Chinese foreign ministry...
  • Over 3000 Chinese Evacuated (By Boat & Plane) As Vietnam's Anti-China Riots Escalate

    05/18/2014 4:13:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    China began evacuating hundreds of its nationals from Vietnam (via at least 2 planes and 5 ships) as the anti-China protests have become increasingly deadly following Beijing's attempt to deploy an oil drill in Vietnamese dispuited waters (detailed here, here, here, and here)... *CHINA SENDING 5 SHIPS TO VIETNAM TO EVACUATE CHINESE: XINHUA*HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE SECURITY IN CENTRAL HO CHI MINH CITY*VIETNAM PRIME MINISTER ISSUES DIRECTIVE TO PREVENT PROTESTS*VIETNAM GOVT TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT RIOTS: BINH Hundreds of police and security forces are in central Ho Chi Minh city and the Chinese consulate is under heavy guard. Tensions across...
  • More than 20 dead, doctor says, as anti-China riots spread in Vietnam

    05/15/2014 10:17:36 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/15/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Martin Petty
    More than 20 people were killed in Vietnam and a huge foreign steel project set ablaze as anti-China riots spread to the centre of the country a day after arson and looting in the south, a doctor and company officials said on Thursday. A doctor at a hospital in central Ha Tinh province said five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese were killed on Wednesday night in rioting, one of the worst breakdowns in Sino-Vietnamese relations since the neighbours fought a brief border war in 1979. "There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last...
  • Vietnam and China face off in South China Sea

    05/07/2014 10:03:42 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/7/2014 | Nguyen Phuong Linh and Michael Martina
    Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region. The foreign ministry in Hanoi said the collisions took place on Sunday and caused considerable damage to the Vietnamese ships. Six people sustained minor injuries, it said. "On May 4, Chinese ships intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels," said Tran Duy Hai, a foreign ministry official and deputy head of Vietnam's national border committee. "Chinese ships, with air support, sought to intimidate Vietnamese...
  • Taiwan Is the Success Story, not China

    05/05/2014 3:07:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Which nation is richer, Belarus or Luxembourg? If you look at total economic output, you might be tempted to say Belarus. The GDP of Belarus, after all, is almost $72 billion while Luxembourgs GDP is less than $60 billion. But that would be a preposterous answer since there are about 9.5 million people in Belarus compared to only about 540,000 folks in Luxembourg. It should be obvious that what matters is per-capita GDP, and the residents of Luxembourg unambiguously enjoy far higher living standards than their cousins in Belarus. This seems like an elementary point, but it has to be...
  • Japan's indigenous stealth fighter to fly this year amid arms race worries

    04/17/2014 5:22:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Development of ATD-X jet part of Tokyo's effort to upgrade its defence capabilities; analysts warn it could spark claims of arms race in Asia The ATD-X's engines produce 5,000kg of thrust. Photo: SCMP A prototype of Japan's first domestically produced stealth fighter will get airborne before the end of the year, a significant development in Tokyo's efforts to improve its defence capabilities. Known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter, the aircraft is being developed by the defence ministry's research institute and a number of private companies, primarily Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Diet's defence committee...
  • New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

    06/18/2013 12:15:36 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 June 2013 | Rik Myslewski
    A Finnish company says that it has solved a problem that has vexed the designers of ultra-tall skyscrapers such as the 828-meter Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the 509-meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan and we'll pause for a moment to let you guess what that problem might be. Ready? It's the fact that elevators are currently limited to a maximum travel distance of around 500 meters. The Burj Khalifa, in fact, has an elevator that holds the world record for the longest travel distance: 504m (1,654 feet). And what's keeping elevators from exceeding that limit? Time for another pause...
  • U.S. Warns China Not to Attempt Crimea-Style Action in Asia

    04/04/2014 8:22:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | Thursday, April 3, 2014 | David Brunnstrom
    China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama's diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what China's intentions might be, but Russia's annexation of Crimea had heightened concerns among U.S. allies in the region about the possibility of China using force to pursue its claims. "The net effect is to put more pressure...
  • Taiwan Parliament Occupied by protesters 1st time in History

    03/18/2014 6:09:24 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/18/14 | CNN blog
    For the first time in history, the Taiwan Parliament (Legislative Yuan) was occupied by protesters, who fought against a trade agreement with China. = Live Update = Live broadcast stream of the protest Inside the Parliament http://www.ustream.tv/channel/longson3000 Outside the Parliament https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9Dy0IMmi0 At 08:00 3/19. Rumor goes that the government had called police from other cities to Taipei. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=631719033567182&id=523369387735481 At 06:20 3/19. The 2000 protesters oudside the Parliament started to REMOVE the police. Numerous policemen were lifted by protesters and moved out of the Parliament. At 06:00 3/19 Police started to remove protesters from the floor. Fei-Fan Lin (林飛帆), the leader...
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Happy Lunar New Year - Taiwan Flash Mob

    02/01/2014 4:56:54 PM PST · by Tainan · 10 replies
    This is from a YouTube posting of a Flash Mob in Taipei, Taiwan and a Lunar New Year Celebration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHnAkbB-IYs&feature=youtu.be
  • US-China Rivalry More Dangerous Than Cold War?

    01/30/2014 7:19:37 AM PST · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1/28/2014 | Zachary Keck
    The prominent realist international relations scholar John Mearsheimer says there is a greater possibility of the U.S. and China going to war in the future than there was of a Soviet-NATO general war during the Cold War. Mearsheimer made the comments at a lunch hosted by the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC on Monday. The lunch was held to discuss Mearsheimers recent article in The National Interest on U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East. However, much of the conversation during the Q&A session focused on U.S. policy towards Asia amid Chinas rise, a topic that Mearsheimer...
  • Chinese billionaire ups reward for whoever can make daughter straight

    01/25/2014 8:42:52 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 69 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 23, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    A Chinese billionaire is offering $1B Hong Kong dollars -- or $143,400,000 CAD [$129,574,375.80 USD] -- to any man who can turn his lesbian daughter straight. Cecil Chao Sze-tsung told a Malaysian newspaper his daughter is single, despite the fact she had a commitment ceremony with her longtime partner in 2012, and it's not too late to change her mind about men. But Gigi Chao told the South China Morning Post her father could offer up his entire fortune: "I don't think my dad's offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find...
  • The giant yellow Rubber Duckie has exploded in Taiwan

    01/02/2014 3:33:53 PM PST · by don-o · 14 replies
    sploid ^ | January 2, 2014
    The giant rubber duckie that has been going around the globe for the past few monthsbringing peace and joy to all of humanityhas exploded in Taiwan. RIP good old yellow duckie.
  • Upgraded IDFs carrying cluster bombs to be revealed next month

    12/31/2013 9:24:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013-12-31 | Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu
    Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force will showcase its upgraded Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) Jan. 16, when the Ching-kuo fighter jets will be armed with locally developed Wan Chien weapons systems, the Air Force said Tuesday. Seventy-one out of more than 120 on-duty IDFs saw upgrades by state-run Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. to reinforce air-to-ground combat capacity on the decade-old jets. To take some of the burden off of the nation's F-16 fleet, Wan Chien (literally "ten thousand swords") systems have been added to the IDFs, giving the fighters the ability to fire cluster bombs with a range of...
  • Attrition: Taiwan And The Enemies Within

    12/28/2013 6:01:57 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 12/28/13 | Anonymous
    Taiwan, like many other nations during the last two decades, is finding that moving from conscription to an all-volunteer military is not easy. For two years now the military has been only able to recruit 30 percent of the soldiers it needs to be all-volunteer by 2014. This is not going to happen until the legislature moves to increase pay and benefits for volunteer soldiers, something taxpayers are not enthusiastic about. If nothing is done to attract more volunteers and conscription is halted on schedule the armed forces will shrink and the ability of the nation to defend itself will...
  • Military acquires submarine-launched Harpoon missiles

    12/26/2013 1:08:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/12/26 | Claudia Liu, Chen Wei-ting and Sofia Wu
    Taipei, Dec. 26 (CA) The United States has begun delivery of submarine-launched Harpoon missiles this year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said in a report to the Legislative Yuan. The anti-ship cruise missiles will become operational on Taiwan's two Dutch-built combat-capable submarines, the Tuesday report said. The NT$5.87 billion (US$195.46 million) deal, to be fulfilled between 2008 and 2016, is aimed at extending the country's undersea force's strike capability, the MND said. The deal reportedly includes 32 UGM-84L sub-launched Harpoon Block II missiles along with two UTM-84L exercise missiles and two weapon control systems, according to media coverage....
  • U.S. Advises Commercial Jets to Honor Chinas Rules

    11/29/2013 5:00:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, November 29, 2013 | Peter Baker and Jane Perlez
    After an internal debate, the Obama administration has decided to tell American commercial airlines to comply with China's demands to be notified of any flights through a broad swath of international airspace that it has claimed as an air defense zone, officials said Friday. Even as the United States continued to send military planes into the zone in defiance of China's declaration, officials said they expected civilian planes to go along with Beijing's new demands out of an abundance of caution. Officials said they were worried about an accident or unintended confrontation that could endanger civilian passengers. The administrations decision...
  • Chinas Expansionist Designs

    11/30/2013 7:57:58 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 30th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Chinese Defense Ministry last week expanded its Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, unilaterally increasing its claim on the Japanese administered Senkakus Islands. China is demanding that any aircraft in the Zone must identify themselves and obey air traffic control from Beijing. Any threats over the disputed area will be identified, monitored, or engaged according to Chinese policy. Past history has included verbal threats and close formation ramming by outdated fighters. U.S. Response China and Japan both claim ownership of the islets known as the Senkakus while China identify them as Diaoyu. Located in the middle...
  • Gambia breaks relations with Taiwan

    11/14/2013 9:39:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 11:23 PM EST | Peter Enav
    The West African nation of Gambia has cut off relations with Taiwan, the latest country to spurn the island for its mainland rival China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Chen confirmed the move but declined to give a reason behind the move by Banjul, which seems almost certain to lead to the establishment of formal ties between Gambia and China. With the loss of Gambia, Taiwan is now recognized by 22 countries, mostly small and impoverished nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and the south Pacific. Swaziland, Sao Tome and Principe and Burkina Faso are its only remaining diplomatic allies...
  • New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman

    11/14/2013 7:38:39 AM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Michael Smith
    New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman Published: Nov 13, 2013 By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan. Note that the woman was treated in May and made a complete recovery, with no indication that she spread the novel virus to anyone else. A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan, investigators there are reporting. It is the first reported case of an H6N1 avian virus infecting and causing disease in a human, although very similar viruses are endemic in chickens in the...
  • Ma Ying-jeou pledges against "Taiwan independence"

    11/11/2013 6:43:20 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 11/11/2013 | An
    TAIPEI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou on Monday said that he will not promote "Two Chinas," "one China, one Taiwan" or "Taiwan independence," inside or outside the island. Ma, also chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, made the comments during a speech at a KMT meeting. He said the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland is not a state-to-state one but a special relationship in many aspects. In his speech, Ma reviewed the KMT's efforts over the last five years since the party returned to power. He described them as "beneficial and tangible for the public in...
  • La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017

    11/04/2013 12:40:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/11/04 | By Claudia Liu and Jay Chen
    La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017 Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The surface-to-air missiles on the Navy's fleet of La Fayette Class frigates will be replaced with a more advanced system starting in 2017, a senior Naval officer said Monday. The U.S.-made RIM-72C Sea Chaparral missiles will be replaced with Taiwan's own Sky Sword IIs, Navy Chief of Staff Kao Tien-chung said when answering questions at the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee. The ship-based Sky Sword II, or Tien Chien II, is a variant of the radar guided air-to-air missile developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science...
  • Taiwan demands Apple change map that shows it as part of China

    10/31/2013 7:06:19 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/30/2013 | Julian Ryall
    Taiwan has angrily demand that Apple Inc. alter its new map application, which identifies the island nation as a province of China. Users of the iOS 7 and version 10.9 of OS X for the new iPhone and computers have discovered that any search for "Taiwan" automatically produced simplified Chinese characters that read "China Taiwan province." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei instructed its office in San Francisco to demand that Apple make an immediate correction to the software. "We have made representations to Apple," Kelly Hsieh, head of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs, told reporters in...
  • Strong quake hits Taiwan, sways buildings in Taipei

    10/31/2013 6:56:38 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/313/2013 | AP
    A strong earthquake hit eastern Taiwan on Thursday, shaking buildings over a wide area including the capital. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 8:02 p.m. local time and measured magnitude 6.3. It was centered in a remote mountainous area 45 kilometers (28 miles) south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualian at a depth of just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), it said. In the capital, Taipei, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) from the epicenter, buildings swayed for more than 10 seconds and startled residents ducked for cover. Taiwan's...
  • M6.6 - 45km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan

    10/31/2013 5:40:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 38 replies
    Very shallow and on land. Depth = 5.8 miles.
  • Broadcast of Chinese military drill reveals map of Taiwan

    10/14/2013 12:26:09 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Nation ^ | 10/14/2013 | Katherine Wei
    A map of Taiwan appeared in a video feed of Guangzhou Military Area Headquarters during China Network Television's broadcast of a drill by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) codenamed Mission Action 2013B yesterday. An unnamed source familiar with China's military affairs stated that China has always been attentive to Taiwan's naval affairs and that the Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC) and the Guangzhou Military Area Command are in charge of observing China's southeast seas. The drill was carried out by PLA units stationed in Guangzhou; therefore, it should not be surprising to see a map of Taiwan in Guangzhou...
  • China could invade by 2020, Taiwans military says

    10/09/2013 1:52:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/09/2013 | (France 24 with wires)
    If Chinas two-decade-long arms buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be able to take Taiwan by force before the end of 2020 despite any moves by Taiwanese allies such as the US to repel an invasion, Taiwans military said Tuesday. Chinas annual military spending has grown by double-digit rates on average for the past 20 years or so, according to the 2013 National Defense Report. The study added that Chinas capacity for weapons research and manufacturing had also greatly increased and had come to pose a grave threat to Taiwan. China produces much of its military hardware...
  • Taiwan develops smart munitions against China

    09/22/2013 10:27:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    cmp.com ^ | 9/21/13 | staff
    Taiwans air force will be armed with smart munitions before the years end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday. The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed Wan Chien (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwans fighter jets. The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States - Taiwans main arms supplier - refused to sell them guided bombs. Taiwans air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the years end, with the last six being refitted and...