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  • US gives its ties with Taiwan a $334 million upgrade ($250m in U.S. dollar)

    06/05/2018 7:52:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Straits Times ^ | JUN 1, 2018
    US gives its ties with Taiwan a $334 million upgrade TAIPEI (NYTIMES) - On June 12, in a leafy, middle-class neighbourhood in Taiwan's capital, Taipei, the unofficial, Cold War-era relationship between this island and the United States is getting a major upgrade. That is when the American Institute in Taiwan, the United States' embassy here in all but name, will hold a ceremony to formally unveil a US$250 million (S$334 million) office complex that resembles a university research centre, just with guarded gates and blast walls. Built into a lush hillside, it will be a visible boost to US ties...
  • Dutch Firm’s Report Clears Waters for Submarine Upgrade (Taiwan)

    05/23/2018 8:14:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | May 22, 2018 | Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin
    The navy is to modernize the two Hai Lung-class submarines in its fleet as part of a four-year program as planned, after Netherlands-based RH Marine green-lit the program’s technical feasibility, a Ministry of National Defense official said. Modified from the Dutch Zwaardvis-class, the Hai Lung-class subs have been in service for more than 30 years of their 35-year life span, the official told the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister paper of the Taipei Times) on condition of anonymity. To enhance combat capabilities and to address a shortage of parts, the navy has planned numerous improvements, including equipping the pair with long-range...
  • Airlines caving to Beijing despite White House protest [calling Taiwan part of Red China]

    05/22/2018 5:04:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2018 6:55 AM | Erika Kinetz
    Global airlines are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.” The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites. There are just three days left for dozens of foreign airlines to decide whether to comply with Beijing’s orders, or face consequences that could cripple their China business, including legal sanctions. Many have already sided...
  • Taiwan Wants To Speed Up Construction Of Its New Missile-Toting Stealthy Catamarans

    05/16/2018 8:22:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 16, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Taiwan says it is accelerating production of nearly a dozen stealthy Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, the first of which will be focused on air-defense missions. The announcement is another part of the island’s attempts to keep pace with China’s People’s Liberation Army's development of increasingly advanced capabilities in the air and at sea and provide a credible defense during a crisis in the region. On May 14, 2018, Taiwanese Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa said that under the new plan, eight additional Tuo Chiangs – a name that translates simply as Tou River, an upper tributary of the Yangtze...
  • Taiwan puts US Abrams battle tanks on military wish list

    05/06/2018 3:54:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | May 02, 2018 | Keegan Elmer
    The island’s defence minister says an assessment will be made by the end of the year on how many of the tanks it plans to add to its armed forces Taiwan will decide by the end of this year whether it will buy a series of US battle tanks – and if so, how many – amid expectations of greater military pressure from mainland China. National Defence Minister Yen Teh-fa told a panel of legislators that the US M1A2 Abrams tanks would be key to the island’s last line of defence under a strategy Taipei unveiled late last year. Yen...
  • Trump White House accuses China of 'Orwellian nonsense'

    05/05/2018 7:49:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5 May 2018
    Trump White House accuses China of 'Orwellian nonsense' Beijing seeks to change US airline references to disputed territories Harsh statement released as US trade delegation returns The White House on Saturday condemned Chinese efforts to control how US airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao as “Orwellian nonsense”. The harshly worded statement came as a high-level trade delegation led by the Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China. The carriers were told to remove references on their websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, US...
  • How Taiwan Is Planning to Stop an Invasion by China

    04/29/2018 7:11:57 PM PDT · by BBell · 50 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 4/27/18 | Zachary Keck
    Taiwan’s military is scheduled to simulate defending the island from an invasion by mainland China. The simulation will be part of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang drills, which begin next week. Citing a statement by the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, the Japan Times said that “Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week.” Although the exercise begins then, the Defense Ministry said that the main part of the drill will take place from June 4 to June 8. That part will consist of...
  • Trump Testing China? President Gives Taiwan License to Buy American Submarines

    04/08/2018 8:21:49 AM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    Newsweek via Yahoo ^ | April 8th, 2018 | Greg Price
    President Donald Trump’s administration approved the license necessary for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology needed to build its own submarines, while Trump continued his apparent trade war with China. Taiwan’s Central News Agency first reported the approval Saturday, according to Reuters, stating the Southeast Asian nation’s defense minister, Chen Chung-Chi, confirmed the State Department’s go-head. An unnamed State Department official told Reuters that its policy toward American-Taiwan defense trade was “consistent” with previous administrations. “Our longstanding policy on defense sales to Taiwan has been consistent across seven different U.S. administrations,” the official said. “This policy has contributed to...
  • Chinese-born Anna Chennault, 94, was behind-the-scenes political force

    04/04/2018 7:36:05 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 39 replies
    Anna Chennault, for many years one of the most visible private citizens in Washington as a Republican fundraiser, writer and Chinese-born, anti-communist lobbyist who dabbled in foreign intrigue after the death of her husband, the renowned leader of the Flying Tigers in China and Burma in World War II, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 94. Her death, in her apartment at the Watergate complex, was announced today. The cause was complications of a stroke she suffered in December, her daughter Cynthia Chennault said. In her memoir photographs, wearing a high-necked white ao dai, Chennault appears with...
  • China To U.S.: ‘Correct The Mistake’ Of Passing Taiwan Travel Act Or Face ‘Military Pressure’

    03/20/2018 6:33:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/19/18 | Frances Martel
    The Chinese government warned this weekend that it will use “military pressure” against the United States if it does not “correct its mistake” of passing the Taiwan Travel Act, a law that encourages Taiwanese government officials to visit America and vice versa. China considers Taiwan a secessionist province with no legitimate federal government. The United States operates under the “One China” policy as interpreted in the Taiwan Relations Act, which recognizes the existence of only one nation called “China” but also maintains friendly relations with the sovereign government of Taiwan. While China has incessantly objected to any ties between Taipei...
  • The United States Could Offer Taiwan Leased F-15C Eagles According To Report

    03/19/2018 8:15:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 19, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    It's no secret that Taiwan wants the F-35, and especially the F-35B with its ability to operate from dispersed locales that normal fixed-wing fighters cannot. During the Obama administration, even allowing Taiwan to purchase late-block F-16s was deemed unacceptable under a highly controversial policy. Instead the country had to upgrade its old F-16As to a similar configuration. Although the Trump administration is rewriting the book when it comes to Taiwan-U.S. relations, F-35s are still seemingly off the table, but leased second-hand F-15C Eagles may not be. It has been abundantly clear from early on that despite trying to woo the...
  • China warns Donald Trump against Taiwan military ties

    03/18/2018 9:36:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.18.2018 | shs/jlw (AFP, Reuters)
    US President Donald Trump’s “Taiwan Travel Act” continues to draw ire from Chinese authorities. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Saturday the bill “severely violates” the “one China” principle and sends “very wrong signals to the ‘pro-independence’ separatist forces in Taiwan.” “China is strongly opposed to [the bill],” Lu said in a statement. “We urge the US side to correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way,” he added. In a separate statement, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the act “interferes in China’s internal...
  • Taiwan's IDF fighters to serve in 'Wild Weasel' role

    03/13/2018 7:53:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2018/03/12 | Keoni Everington
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Air Force on Friday (March 9) announced new upgrades are in the works for its Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF, 經國號), including the addition of radar-seeking missiles to enable them to play a role as "Wild Weasels" to destroy enemy anti-aircraft defenses. In a video released on Friday, Taiwan's Air Force announced that it will upgrade all of its IDF A and B models in its Third Wing to IDF C and D models, which will enhance aircraft management as well as strengthen air defense and anti-aircraft warfare capabilities to improve overall operational efficiency of the...
  • Is America Preparing for a Nuclear War with China? (Bill Gertz, March 5, 2018)

    03/05/2018 11:28:45 PM PST · by cba123 · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 5, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    Is America Preparing for a Nuclear War with China? Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin unveiled several new nuclear weapons last week in a replay of the Cold War. China, meanwhile, is continuing a similar buildup of high-technology strategic nuclear forces that remains largely hidden from view. Chinese secrecy about its nuclear forces and their use was a major theme of the Pentagon’s recently completed Nuclear Posture Review that outlined a new “tailored deterrence” policy for China. The new plan is aimed at persuading Chinese leaders to avoid military miscalculations – like provocative actions in the South China Sea, or hostile activities...
  • In Australia, Staying Loyal to Taiwan Can Mean Losing a Job

    03/04/2018 2:38:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 18, 2018 | DAMIEN CAVE and XIUZHONG XUFEB
    During her second week waitressing at a barbecue restaurant in Sydney, a customer asked Yating Yang if she was Chinese. “No, I’m Taiwanese,” she said. Her boss, who was from mainland China, never gave her another shift. Man-Tzu Tuan said her loyalty test came even sooner: on her first day at a hot pot restaurant in a comfortable Sydney suburb. “Is Taiwan part of China?” her manager asked in Mandarin over a walkie talkie. “No, definitely not,” she said. A half-hour later, she was fired. China’s assertiveness has already set off alarms in Australia, with officials warning that Beijing has...
  • Crouching Tiger Episode 4: The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier of Taiwan

    03/04/2018 5:30:30 AM PST · by cba123 · 12 replies
    Published on Jun 21, 2016 This video is part of the Crouching Tiger documentary film series by Peter Navarro. In Episode Four, we assess Taiwan as a trigger for a possible war between America and China and examine the importance of Taiwan from the perspective of the national security of the US and its allies in Asia, particularly Japan.
  • Air Force to upgrade capabilities according to needs, threats (Taiwan considering F-15, F-18?)

    02/12/2018 10:08:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    FOCUS TAIWAN ^ | 2018/02/13 | Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu
    Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Air Force sidestepped speculation Tuesday that it is looking to purchase F-15 or F-18 fighter aircraft from the U.S., saying only that plans to bolster defense capabilities will depend on present combat needs and perceived future threats. On Sunday, Taiwanese news website Up Media reported that the Air Force is planning to purchase the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet to strengthen its defense capabilities and counter China's Russia-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft. The report said Taiwan and the U.S. have had preliminary discussions about the purchase, and retired models such...
  • Hero Labrador Sniffs Out Survivor in Taiwan Quake Wreckage

    02/09/2018 10:27:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | FEB 9, 2018,
    A rookie golden labrador on his first ever mission has won praise for helping Taiwanese search and rescue workers find two people trapped in a severely damaged building following a deadly earthquake. Four-year-old Tie Hsiung, whose name translates to "Iron Hero", braved dangerous aftershocks on his first field test to search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. Thanks to the determined dog, one person trapped for 15 hours was finally located relatively unscathed and pulled from the wreckage of the precariously leaning Marshal Hotel. "The terrain was...
  • China’s Fishing Fleets Are Fighting a Shadowy War to Expand the Country

    02/06/2018 8:57:34 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies
    “When our country needs us, we will go without a second thought to defend China’s rights,” said Chen Yuguo in a recent interview with the Washington Post. If Chen were a sailor in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, or perhaps an officer of the Chinese Coast Guard, his pledge to use force for his country would not be particularly noteworthy. But Mr. Chen is a fisherman. As captain of a trawler based in the port of Tanmen, Chen is one of China’s 6 million plus fishermen. He pilots one of the country’s 2,600 distant-water fishing ships. And much of this...
  • Taiwan earthquake: Slanted residential complex tilting further into ground

    02/07/2018 6:09:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 2018/02/07
    Taiwan earthquake: Slanted residential complex tilting further into ground HUALIEN (AFP) - Four mobile cranes were used to prop up a residential and commerical complex which was left tilting perilously after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien. Rescue efforts were suspended on Wednesday afternoon after incessant rainfall caused the building to tilt at an alarming rate of five cm per hour, reported TVBS News. The Yun Men Tsui Ti complex houses an apartment block, a restaurant, shops and a hostel. The quake left the 12-storey building leaning to one side, its lower floors crushed like pancakes....