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  • China’s bullying of Taiwan highlights its helplessness against the drift of Taiwanese society

    08/10/2018 12:59:44 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 30 July, 2018, 5:02pm | J. Michael Cole
    The election of Tsai Ing-wen of the Taiwan-centric Democratic Progressive Party in January 2016 marked the end of a phase in cross-strait relations when Beijing still believed in the possibility of winning the hearts and minds of the Taiwanese through “goodwill” and economic incentives. Since then, Beijing has embraced a strategy that seeks to corner, isolate and punish Taiwan for its intransigence on the unification question. Although many would ascribe that change in attitude to the 2016 elections and blame the Tsai administration’s refusal to acknowledge the so-called “1992 consensus” for the souring relations, this reckoning actually occurred earlier –...
  • Taiwan to aid businesses transferring production bases as US-China trade conflict escalates: MOEA

    08/05/2018 7:25:09 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 5 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 2018/08/02 | Huang Tzu-ti
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With trade tensions between the U.S. and China escalating, Taiwan will adopt a two-pronged approach to assist affected industries, including efforts to ensure a smooth transfer of their production lines from China back to Taiwan or southward, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Thursday. As the U.S. is set to hit US$200 billion-worth of imports from China with a hike in tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent, Shen remarked that Taiwanese businesses whose end market is the U.S. are most likely to bear the brunt of the impact, such as internet and telecommunication...
  • State Department's Request to Send Marines to Taiwan Irks China

    07/05/2018 4:44:05 AM PDT · by Freeport · 18 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 3 Jul 2018 | Gina Harkins
    A Chinese official is warning the U.S. to "exercise caution" following a report that the State Department wants to send a small team of Marines to guard a diplomatic facility in Taiwan. The State Department requested that a Marine Security Guard detachment be dispatched to the American Institute in Taiwan, a de facto embassy in Taipei City, CNN reported Friday. The news prompted a swift response from a Chinese foreign ministry official, who reminded Americans of the "one-China policy" meant to prevent the U.S. from having direct diplomatic or military exchanges with Taiwan. "[Those] are the political preconditions for...
  • Exclusive: State Department risks China's ire with request for US Marines in Taiwan

    07/01/2018 9:01:37 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2018 | Ryan Browne
    The State Department has requested that US Marines be sent to Taiwan to help safeguard America's de facto embassy there, two US officials tell CNN, prompting China to urge the US to "exercise caution." *snip* If the request is granted, it will be the first time in nearly 40 years that US Marines will be guarding a diplomatic post in Taiwan.
  • Foxconn tells the story Trump wants US to hear: Project is good news counterpoint to Harley

    06/27/2018 9:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 28, 2018 | Patti Waldmeir in Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin
    When Foxconn breaks ground on Thursday on a $10bn LCD manufacturing complex in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump will be there to claim credit for securing the Taiwanese group’s promise to deliver 13,000 jobs. But while Mr Trump helps Foxconn celebrate in Racine county, Wisconsin — a key swing district that helped him win the presidency in 2016 — just up the road at Harley-Davidson, executives will be figuring out who will lose their jobs, after the company said it must offshore production to battle retaliatory EU trade tariffs. That landed Harley in the presidential doghouse. In a series of early...
  • 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 · 51 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...