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  • Taiwanese woman finds out she has testicles

    10/20/2011 7:22:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct. 20, 2011
    (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Sin Chew Daily reported that a Taiwanese woman was shocked when a gynaecologist told her that she had testicles. The woman, 34, decided to consult a specialist after experiencing pain in her genital area. It was her first time seeking treatment from a gynaecologist although she had never experienced menstruation in her life. The check-up also showed that the woman did not have a uterus. When asked why she had not sought treatment or medical advice about her menstrual problem, the woman was lost for an answer.
  • New era of Chinese spying dawns: EDITORIAL

    10/04/2011 4:37:29 AM PDT · by Tainan · 1 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Tue, Oct 04, 2011 | EDITORIAL
    Lamentable though it may be, news last week that Central Police University associate professor Wu Chang-yu (吳彰裕) had been taken in on suspicion of passing information about dissidents to China was not shocking. However, this incident did bring into sharp contrast the dawn of a new era of Chinese “espionage” in Taiwan. There is nothing new to espionage operations by China targeting the Taiwanese military, security apparatus, political parties and high-tech sector. Over the years, a number of Taiwanese have been caught spying for Beijing. The arrest and sentencing this year of General Lo Hsien-che (羅賢哲) for providing military secrets...
  • Changing Taiwan faces new challenges

    10/01/2011 3:15:00 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | September 30, 2011 | Cindy Sui
    Taiwan is an island of 23 million people facing many challenges, from economic transformation to its very national identity.A young democracy, it yearns to be a nation, but is not recognised as one by most of the world. Powerful China still claims it as its province and wants the island state to be reunified with the mainland. > At the same time, Taiwan's society is also changing. It is facing the worst wealth gap in history. Wage rises have not matched company profits and low-skilled workers have been left behind during decades of growth. Even many in the middle class...
  • Look What We've Made in Taiwan

    09/24/2011 10:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 23, 2011 | Ed Feulner
    As I write this column, my plane is taking off from Taiwan's Taoyuan Airport to bring me back home. It was a special visit to Taiwan -- one that helped put so many earlier visits into a larger perspective. My first visit to Taiwan occurred 40 years ago. The changes since then have been remarkable. When I first visited, U.S. foreign aid was still a mainstay of the Taiwan development pattern. Today Taiwan provides assistance to other nations. Back then, products made in Taiwan were certainly not high-quality -- the label "made in Taiwan" was something of a joke. Today...
  • Pentagon to recommend Taiwan buy F-35B, AV-8B fighters: report

    09/21/2011 7:51:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Focus Taiwan News Channel ^ | 2011/09/21 | Tony Liao & Sofia Wu
    Pentagon to recommend Taiwan buy F-35B, AV-8B fighters: report 2011/09/21 20:48:32 Washington, Sept. 20 (CNA) A U.S. Defense Department study has concluded that Taiwan should buy short-takeoff and vertical-landing jets such as the British-designed AV-8B Harrier jump jet or the new F-35B vertical-takeoff jet, the Washington Times reported Monday. The Pentagon will deliver the congressionally-mandated study on Taiwan's air power to Capitol Hill later this week, the newspaper said. Citing U.S. officials familiar with military aircraft, the report said the Pentagon conclusion was based on anticipated mainland Chinese missile strikes against Taiwan's airfields with cratering munitions that would thwart takeoffs...
  • U.S. moves to upgrade Taiwan's F-16 fighter fleet

    09/21/2011 11:50:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 21, 2011 | Jim Wolf
    U.S. moves to upgrade Taiwan's F-16 fighter fleet Reuters) - The Obama administration formally notified the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of a potential $5.3 billion upgrade of Taiwan's existing fleet of U.S.-built F-16 fighter jets despite China's opposition to such arms deals. The "retrofit" of 145 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 A/B aircraft will give them essentially the same capabilities as late-model F-16 C/Ds that Taiwan has sought to deter any attack, U.S. officials told reporters ahead of the notification. Beijing deems Taiwan a renegade province subject to unification by force if necessary. It regards U.S. arms sales to the self-ruled...
  • Talk of the Day -- Taiwan mulling to build submarines

    09/19/2011 11:23:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2011/09/19
    Talk of the Day -- Taiwan mulling to build submarines 2011/09/19 21:58:20 Taiwan is studying the feasibility of building diesel-electric submarines itself after the United States shelved its procurement request for many years, a local newspaper reported Monday. The United Daily News cited unidentified military sources as saying that research on submarine building has been launched and that the military is trying to acquire production know-how from abroad. The following are excerpts from the local media coverage of the issue: United Daily News: The military has commissioned a local shipbuilder to contact a non-U.S. country capable of building submarines for...
  • Taiwan eying acquisition of F-35 fighters: deputy defense minister

    09/19/2011 9:05:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2011/09/19 | Chou Yung-chieh and Sofia Wu
    Taiwan eying acquisition of F-35 fighters: deputy defense minister 2011/09/19 14:18:17 Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 18 (CNA) Taiwan would be pleased if the United States has indeed agreed to help upgrade its fleet of F-16 A/B jet fighters, and plans to move toward procuring the even more sophisticated F-35 model in the future, Taiwan's Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said in Richmond Sunday. "The retrofit of the F-16 A/B fleet is part of Taiwan's national defense policy. It would be great if the U.S. approves the deal," said Yang on the sidelines of the 2011 U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference, at which...
  • Taiwans New Jets May Not Fly; Reaction Mixed

    09/18/2011 10:04:44 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    wsj ^ | September 16, 2011, 8:51 PM HKT | Staff
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the U.S. will make a decision on whether or not to accept a Taiwan letter of request for 66 new F-16 C/Ds. Analysts have tipped the U.S. to opt to upgrade Taiwans 146 aging F-16 A/Bs instead of providing 66 new F-16 C/D jets that Taiwan had requested. A person familiar with the matter told China Real Time that some in the Taiwan military dont necessarily want the new F-16 C/Ds. The person said... diesel-electric submarines are more effective deterrents, particularly to Chinas rising naval might. I do think the C/Ds and...
  • General Petraeus the victim of internet scam as his name is used to defraud Taiwanese woman

    09/18/2011 12:25:46 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 3 replies
    When the newly-appointed chief of the CIA offers to marry you in exchange to help him cash a few pay cheques he earned from the recent campaign that toppled the Gaddafi regime, who wouldn't jump at the chance? One Taiwanese engineer grasped the opportunity with both hands and as well as wiring her 'fianc' $30,000, she also managed to get herself arrested. Liu Hsu-jen claims she was contacted by a man claiming to be the newly sworn-in Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus on the Internet four months ago.
  • Obama rules out new F-16s for Taiwan (Surrender Monkey Alert)

    09/15/2011 4:15:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/15/2011 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama has decided to sell a new arms package to Taiwan that will likely include weapons and equipment to upgrade the islands F-16 jets, according to administration and congressional officials. Congress will be briefed Friday on the arms package worth an estimated $4.2 billion, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. A formal announcement is expected soon. All weve been told is the president has made a decision, and I assume it will be for the F-16 A/B upgrade package, said a senior congressional aide close to the issue. The president decided against selling Taiwan 66 new advanced...
  • Taiwans Defense White Paper Shows New Candor on Challenges Ahead

    09/03/2011 8:50:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 9/2/2011 | Fu S. Mei
    In mid-July, Taiwan published the 2011 edition of its defense white paper (National Defense Report). This was actually the third such document released in the last 38 monthsthe Ministry of National Defense (MND) having published a white paper in the final days of the Chen Shui-Bian Administration in May 2008, followed by a revised edition under the Ma Administration in October 2009 and the current report. The effort still appears largely intended for the domestic (or, at least, a Chinese-reading) audience, since the English version of the white paper continues to be an inadequately edited (and, at times, sub-par) translation...
  • Obama forfeits respect in Asia by letting Taiwan down hard

    08/17/2011 9:34:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 17, 2011 | Julian Baum
    Obama forfeits respect in Asia by letting Taiwan down hard Vice President Biden is expected to apprise China of the US decision to deny F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. The dire implications of this should not be played down. It leaves Taiwan vulnerable and the US underpowered in Asia, as Washington looks to be walking away from democratic values Andover, Mass. Over the past three decades, Taiwan has been in many tight spots in mounting a credible defense against the Peoples Republic of China. Yet none has been as uncomfortable as now. The island republic is staring into a...
  • Obama Administration Bows To Chinese Pressure On Taiwan Arms Sales; Will Cost U.S. 16,000 Jobs

    08/15/2011 2:19:50 PM PDT · by clove · 63 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | Aug 15th 2011 at 11:41 am | Niccolo Machiavelli
    We are disappointed in the United States. Thats a sentiment we seem to hear all too often from our allies these days. A Taiwan Ministry of National Defense official uttered those words to Defense News with word that the Obama Administration will deny his country new F-16 fighters. As Defense News puts it, the Obama Administrations decision came as a result of bowing to Chinese pressure. Instead of the 66 F-16C/Ds that were requested, the Pentagon is instead going to provide upgrades of the current Taiwanese system. And the Obama Administrations decision also most a loss of American jobs. A...
  • U.S. Refuses Taiwan Request for New Fighter Jets (Can't afford to make our Chicom debtors unhappy)

    08/15/2011 9:49:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/15/2011
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - The United States has refused Taiwan's request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets that China warned Washington would risk inflaming tensions between the two big powers, Defense News reported, citing a Taiwan defence official. Taiwan has repeatedly asked Washington to agree to sell the advanced F-16 fighter jets, citing the need to counter the growing military strength of China, which deems the island an breakaway province that must eventually accept reunification, by force if necessary. Neither Washington nor Taipei has made any formal announcement about the latest call for the fighters, but Defesce News ( said on...
  • Radar upgrade for F-16s in doubt (Taiwan)

    08/11/2011 10:50:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Aug 12, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    Radar upgrade for F-16s in doubt WAITING GAME:Adding to the uncertainty over the F-16C/D jets that have been requested, Taiwan must now wait for Washington to decide if it will get AESA radar By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter As Taiwan awaits Washingtons decision on whether it will sell the Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft Taipei has been seeking since 2007, rumors are now emerging that Taipeis request for preferred radar system for an upgrade program for its ageing F-16A/Bs might also be encountering difficulties. The US government is scheduled to announce on Oct. 1 national day in the...
  • As China launches aircraft carrier, Taiwan presents 'aircraft carrier killer'

    08/10/2011 8:51:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10 Aug 2011
    As China launches aircraft carrier, Taiwan presents 'aircraft carrier killer' On the same day China began sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, Taiwan hailed its most advance missile, dubbing it an "aircraft carrier killer". Taiwan's Hsiung Feng III missile is unveiled against the backdrop of a billboard depicting a missile-riddled aircraft carrier Photo: AP During the preview for a defence exhibition on Wednesday, Taiwan brandished the indigenous Hsiung Feng III missile against the backdrop of a billboard depicting a missile-riddled aircraft carrier. The billboard bore the words: "Aircraft carrier killer." The Hsiung Feng III has made two previous public...
  • Taiwan wins in war simulation: report

    08/01/2011 12:43:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Aug 02, 2011 | Rich Chang
    Taiwan wins in war simulation: report COMPUTER SCENARIO::A military spokesman said it had no comment on a ‘China Times’ report on the Han Kuang exercises that said Taiwan’s forces defeated the Chinese By Rich Chang / Staff Reporter Tue, Aug 02, 2011 - Page 2 The latest computerized scenario carried out by the military showed that in a war with China, Taiwan’s military was able to defeat enemy forces after they landed and tried to occupy the country, a local newspaper said yesterday. The Chinese-language China Times reported that the Han Kuang 27 computerized war games held from July 18...
  • Chinese jets chase U.S. surveillance jet over Taiwan Strait

    07/25/2011 6:43:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 148 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2011 | Bill Gertz
    Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in Chinas most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis. According to defense officials, the intercept took place June 29. The two Chinese jets flew from a base in China to head off an Air Force U-2 spy plane over the dividing line in the 100-mile wide Taiwan Strait. In general, these reconnaissance flights are conducted in international airspace, as are the PRC [Chinese] intercepts, which happen fairly routinely, said a Pentagon official familiar with the...
  • Obamas weakness has emboldened China to violate Taiwans airspace for first time since 1999

    07/30/2011 9:16:41 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | Jim Emerson,staff writer
    China has been demanding the U.S. halt all reconnaissance flights over international waters near its boarder. Chinas Defense Ministry told the Global Times newspaper We demand that the U.S. respect Chinas sovereignty and security interests,and take concrete measures to boost a healthy and stable development of military relations.The only problem is that the US surveillance flights have been operating outside of Chinas sovereign territory. Tensions have increased after a pair of Chinese fighters attempted to intercept and American U-2 flying over the Taiwan Strait which is the waterway separating Taiwan from Mainland China. The U-2 was over international waters and...
  • Lockheed should get decision on selling F-16s to Taiwan

    07/27/2011 10:07:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jul. 27, 2011 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed should get decision on selling F-16s to Taiwan Posted Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2011 By Bob Cox Thanks to some political horse-trading by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Lockheed Martin should finally get a decision from the Obama administration later this year about selling F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week struck a deal with the Republican senator by agreeing to review Taiwan's requests to buy 66 new F-16s from Lockheed Martin as well as kits to upgrade its older-model fighter jets. Cornyn in turn agreed to release the hold he had placed blocking a...
  • Talk of the Day -- China's Su-27 crosses Taiwan Strait median line

    07/25/2011 7:46:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2011/07/25 | Sofia Wu
    Talk of the Day -- China's Su-27 crosses Taiwan Strait median line 2011/07/25 21:15:21 A Chinese Su-27 jet fighter crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait late last month while chasing a U.S. U-2S high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, a local newspaper reported Monday. It was the first time since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008 that a People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft had crossed the line down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and mainland China, the United Daily News (UDN) said. The Chinese warplane did not circle back to China until after two Taiwanese...
  • Taiwan says China seeks to block foreign military for self-ruled island in possible conflict

    07/20/2011 5:44:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Chinas military advantage over Taiwan is increasing amid Beijings attempts to block foreign forces from intervening in a possible conflict, the islands defense ministry said Tuesday. The military balance between Taiwan and China has become a sensitive issue in the United States, which remains Taiwans major security partner despite shifting its recognition from Taipei to Beijing 32 years ago.
  • Chinese Energy Policies Harming Neighbors

    06/23/2011 7:39:02 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 22/06/2011 | John Daly
    Chinas omnivorous energy requirements have been attracting increasing attention as of late, as Beijing attempts to secure any and all sources of power for its growing industrial base. Nowhere is this more noticeable than Beijings policies in the South China Sea, where Chinese assertions of sovereignty are unsettling the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, all of whom have counter claims on the various shoals and islets. Chinas landward neighbors are also feeling the hot breath of Beijings mandarins, however, most notably its economic rival India, with whom China fought a brief war in 1962 in the Himalayas over...
  • Where's Taiwan? (Obama is leaving it high and dry when its giant neighbor is gearing up)

    07/11/2011 8:35:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    american spectator ^ | 7/11/11 | Peter Hannaford
    You're forgiven if you've forgetten what and where it is. After all, it's been out of the headlines for a long time. It's that island about 100 miles off the shore of China. It's the one the Obama State Department would just as soon see float out to sea, so that it would stop putting in those pesky requests for defensive arms that U.S. law calls for. It's been 32 years since Congress passed and then-President Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act. It calls for us to sell sufficient arms to help Taiwan (formally known as the Republic of China)...
  • " BE " The Kingdom !

    07/10/2011 4:55:02 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The over abundance of My Kingdom comes from the riches of your intimacy with Me(JESUS) in Glory , for I AM The Kingdom , The Glory and the Power and your Godhead ! So "BE" within My breath for My fullness to pour out of you and as you abide in "This" Holy Place I "shall" do the exceeding and manifest where you stand for I shall " BE " . For You can not practice what is "TRUE" , "ETERNAL" and "FLOWING" ! Matthew 6:13 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil...
  • Obamas Taiwanese AF F-16 Debacle

    07/07/2011 6:57:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 7, 2011 | Reuben F. Johnson
    Obamas Taiwanese AF F-16 Debacle Friends and Enemies Reuben F. Johnson July 7, 2011 9:00 AM As Henry Kissinger used to say, at times it is more dangerous to be Americas friend than its enemy. Further confirmation of this sage observation came on June 24 when the Obama State Department blocked another request by Taiwan to purchase 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter aircraft. These are badly needed by the Republic of China's air force to supplement an aging fleet of U.S., French and indigenously-built combat aircraft. The ROC's request for the F-16 purchase was officially been rejected three times between...
  • Taiwan 'tests sub-launched missile'

    07/07/2011 6:31:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Taiwan 'tests sub-launched missile' (AFP) 4 hours ago TAIPEI Taiwan has testfired for the first time a locally developed submarine-launched missile designed to counter the threat of China's fast-expanding navy, a report Thursday. An unknown number of Hsiung Feng II (Brave Wind II) ship-to-ship missiles, developed by the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, were launched during a drill late last month, the Liberty Times said. The drill was part of the navy's five-year project to enhance the capabilities of two Dutch-built Sword Dragon class submarines acquired in the late 1980s, it said, citing an unnamed military...
  • Taiwan in stealth technology breakthrough: Report

    07/04/2011 5:54:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Taiwan in stealth technology breakthrough: Report TAIPEI - TAIWAN has developed a radar-absorbent material in a breakthrough in the island's development of stealth technology, local media reported on Monday. Tests showed that a navy 50-tonne Seagull-class missile boat painted with the material was not spotted on a radar screen until it could be seen with the naked eye, the United Daily News said. It is the first time Taiwan has developed such material. The navy declined to comment on the report. It was not immediately clear if the material would be used in the navy's fleet of 10 locally manufactured...
  • Blogger jailed over critical restaurant review

    06/23/2011 11:42:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 53 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Lin Liang-che
    OBJECTIVITY:The judge said the blogger should not have criticized the restaurant’s food as ‘too salty’ in general, because she had eaten dried noodles and two side dishesThe Taichung branch of Taiwan High Court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger who wrote that a restaurant’s beef noodles were too salty to 30 days in detention and two years of probation and ordered her to pay NT$200,000 in compensation to the restaurant. The blogger, surnamed Liu (劉), writes about a variety of topics — including food, health, interior design and lifestyle topics — and has received more than 60,000 hits on her Web...
  • Taiwan supersonic missile test flops

    06/28/2011 12:56:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Taiwan supersonic missile test flops (AFP) 2 hours ago TAIPEI Taiwan's defence ministry on Tuesday confirmed reports that a new supersonic anti-ship missile had missed its target during a routine naval drill, in the latest in a series of setbacks. Analysts say the Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III missile, designed to cruise at a maximum speed of Mach 2.0, or twice the speed of sound, and with a range of up to 130 kilometres (80 miles), is difficult to defend against. But the defence ministry said the weapon, the island's first locally developed supersonic anti-ship missile, had failed...
  • Taiwan upgrades its warplanes

    06/26/2011 8:45:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Taiwan upgrades its warplanes Jun 25, 2011, 15:05 GMT Taipei - Taiwan is to spend 17 billion Taiwan dollars (586 million US dollars) on upgrading its Indigenous Defence Fighter (IDF) warplanes, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) said it would unveil the 70 air force jets which have been modified on Thursday, the United Daily News reported. Taiwan has 130 warplanes. Modifications would give the jets double the carrying capacity for Sky-Bow missiles to four. The Taiwan Air Force fleet also consists of 150 F16A/Bs and 60 Mirage 2000-5s. According to the report, Taiwan fast-tracked the...
  • Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets

    06/14/2011 5:28:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 14, 2011
    Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets TAIPEI, Taiwan June 14, 2011 (AP) Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets Taiwan's Defense Ministry has decided to slash the budget next year for procuring advanced F-16 C/D fighters jets from the U.S., a spokesman said Tuesday but added that Taipei remains determined to purchase the planes. The statement by Luo Shou-he followed a long delay in a U.S. decision on the sale as the Obama administration is reluctant to enrage China while it seeks Beijing's cooperation on various international economic and security issues. The move also reinforced the mixed...
  • Taiwan's AH-64 deal: a knife for a gunfight

    06/12/2011 9:37:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 13, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    Taiwan's AH-64 deal: a knife for a gunfight By Greg Waldron on June 13, 2011 Some years back I toured the USS Nimitz . Somebody in the group asked the officer showing us around about the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow launcher. "If it ever gets to the point we need to use that, we're already dead," he replied. The same could be said of last week's news that Taiwan will purchase 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III attack helicopters from the United States. There is little doubt about the Apache's effectiveness in combat over the last two decades in conditions where its...
  • Taiwan buys 30 AH-64 Apaches

    06/10/2011 9:27:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 10/06/11 | Stephen Trimble
    Taiwan buys 30 AH-64 Apaches By Stephen Trimble Taiwan will receive 30 Boeing AH-64 Block III Apache helicopters under a new contract signed with the US government, a US Army official announced on 10 June. The order marks the latest show of US military support to Taiwan despite deep objections by China, and confirms the first international customer for the AH-64 Block III. Col Shane Openshaw, the army's AH-64 project manager, said Taiwan's first new-build helicopter will enter production in October, with the rest of the aircraft sprinkled through Boeing's production programme. RAF The AH-64 Block III deal is known...
  • Taiwan subs plan tests the waters

    05/31/2011 6:20:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Jun 1, 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Taiwan subs plan tests the waters By Jens Kastner TAIPEI - To help speed up a long-awaited arms deal, Taiwan has decided to accept a United States proposal that Taipei buy four diesel-electric submarines instead of eight, according to local media. The story is difficult to believe as submarines are the last weapons system Beijing wants the Taiwanese to get their hands on. Almost immediately after People's Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde ended his recent high-profile visit to the US, Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) government-leaning China Times carried a report according to which Washington proposed and Taipei...
  • Outlook gloomy for Taiwan F-16 C/D deal

    05/26/2011 5:39:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 26/05/11 | Greg Waldron
    Outlook gloomy for Taiwan F-16 C/D deal By Greg Waldron Taiwan still hopes to acquire 66 Lockheed Martin F-16 C/Ds, but Washington appears reluctant to move the deal forward and offend China. Reports in Taiwan media have quoted Taiwan's ministry of national defence as saying it is still pushing to acquire the US aircraft, denying earlier reports that Taiwan was willing to accept a "watered down" deal for defence equipment from the USA. "The report is not true," the ministry has reportedly said. "The country's position to seek eight diesel-powered submarines and F-16C/Ds has never changed. The deal is still...
  • Could US policy abandon Taiwan?

    05/18/2011 8:20:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | May 11, 2011 | John Copper
    Could US policy abandon Taiwan? By John Copper / Wed, May 11, 2011 - Page 8 Recently there has been an unprecedented volume of talk, some of it serious, to the effect that the US will, and even should, end its responsibility of defending Taiwan. Foreign Affairs, the influential journal sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, not long ago published an article whose author suggested that Taiwan assume the role of Finland during the Cold War (ie, become a client or protectorate of China). A more recent article said the US should, given the rise of China, dump Taiwan....
  • Taiwan to punish hospitals for sex-based abortions

    05/17/2011 3:15:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    AP/KSL ^ | 5/17/11
    Taiwan's health ministry says hospitals will be penalized for conducting gender selective abortions blamed for up to 3,000 aborted female fetuses last year. Deputy Health Minister Chiang Hung-che said Monday his department is investigating hospitals allegedly involved. Violators could have their licenses revoked. Another official, Chiou-Shu-ti, blamed gender-based abortions for Taiwan's high proportion of male births. That stands at 1.09 male births for every female born, as compared to the worldwide ratio of 1.06.
  • Taiwan deploys supersonic anti-ship missiles

    05/08/2011 9:34:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taiwan deploys supersonic anti-ship missiles (AFP) 5 hours ago TAIPEI Taiwan has deployed a new supersonic missile on its warships in the latest response to China's rapid naval expansion, a lawmaker said Sunday. Military authorities are also mulling deploying the Hsiung Feng III -- the first locally developed supersonic anti-ship missile -- on mobile launchers, Lin Yu-fang, of the Kuomintang party, said in a statement quoting Vice Admiral Lee Hao. "Several types of warships have been armed with Hsiung Feng IIIs (Brave Wind)," the statement said. It was not clear how many missiles will be produced, but according...
  • ANALYSIS: Chinas new aircraft carrier changes strategic map

    05/01/2011 10:30:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | May 02, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    ANALYSIS: China’s new aircraft carrier changes strategic map RISING THREAT::While it may be years before China’s aircraft carrier provides any real threat, it joins the J-15 fighter jet in ratcheting up the risks for US forces in the region By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Mon, May 02, 2011 - Page 3 Reports last month that China’s first aircraft carrier could embark on its maiden voyage sometime this year, added to speculation that the Chinese navy’s first -carrier-based aircraft could be operational by 2015, point to the high likelihood that Taiwan’s security dilemma is about to become even more...
  • Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship

    04/19/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taiwan to build new 'stealth' warship TAIPEI - TAIWAN plans to build a new 'stealth' warship armed with guided-missiles next year in response to China's naval build-up, a top military officer and a lawmaker said on Monday. Construction of the prototype of the 500-tonne corvette is due to start in 2012 for completion in 2014, deputy defence minister Lin Yu-pao said in answer to a question by Kuomintang party legislator Lin Yu-fang at parliament. The warship, which the navy says is harder to detect on radar, is expected to emerge after China puts into service its first battle carrier group,...
  • US laser could fend off PRC boats

    04/17/2011 1:15:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Apr 16, 2011 | William Lowther
    US laser could fend off PRC boats BEAM BREAKTHROUGH:Military sources in Washington said that the new weapon could be used as a defense and deterrent against Chinas new stealth missile boats By William Lowther / Staff Reporter in WASHINGTON The US Navy has made another major breakthrough with laser guns that in theory could be used to defend Taiwan from attack and invasion. For the first time, a solid-state high-energy laser has been used at sea to destroy a small boat moving through turbulent waters. The laser beam about as wide as a baseball skimmed the waves for...
  • Fighter jets carry out drill on freeway (Taiwan)

    04/12/2011 8:14:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | Apr 13, 2011 | Rich Chang
    Fighter jets carry out drill on freeway ‘CHINESE ATTACK’:The drill was based on a scenario in which airbases had been destroyed, forcing the air force to use alternative locations for landing and takeoff By Rich Chang / Staff Reporter, with AFP The Republic of China Air Force yesterday used a closed-off motorway as a runway in a rare drill simulating a surprise attack from China that had wiped out its major airbases. In all, six fighter aircraft landed and took off from Freeway No. 1 in an emergency landing and takeoff exercise, under the watchful eye of hundreds of spectators....
  • Taiwan inaugurates missile ships amid buildup vow

    04/07/2011 9:03:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Taiwan inaugurates missile ships amid buildup vow (AFP) 18 hours ago SUAO, Taiwan Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated a squadron of missile boats Thursday as he pledged to continue the island's military buildup to offset the perceived military threat from China. The fleet of 10 locally manufactured missile boats joined the navy following a ceremony presided over by Ma at the northeastern naval base in Suao. Ma, the initiator of detente with the island's giant neighbour, said tensions with the mainland have eased significantly since he came to power in 2008 but insisted Taiwan needed a deterrent against...
  • Washington Stalls on Refitting Taiwan's Air Force

    04/06/2011 8:33:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 06 April 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Washington Stalls on Refitting Taiwan's Air Force Written by Jens Kastner Serious implications for the US as guarantor of security in Asia Taipei for years has been requesting brand-new F-16C/D fighter jets from a reluctant Obama administration in Washington, DC, which is said to have shied away from authorizing the US$5.5 billion deal for fear of offending Beijing. The only alternative for Taiwan appears to be the prospect of a punchy midlife upgrade of its existing fleet of F-16A/Bs. But according to recent media reports, the upgrade won't happen anytime soon, If that proves true, Taiwan will in all likelihood...
  • RAND think-tank issues warning about Taiwan over Chinese military build-up

    04/03/2011 6:53:40 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10 March 2011 | Michael Richardson
    The RAND report warns, First, if the United States intervenes in a conflict between the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan, it should expect attacks on its forces and facilities in the western Pacific, including those in Japan. During such a conflict, the U.S. armed forces should prepare to deal with electronic jamming on a scale larger than it has seen in any conflict, the report ominously warns. Once the conflict begins, the United States should accept the likelihood that the runways of Okinawas military airfields will be rendered at least temporarily unusable and that many or most unsheltered...
  • Second missile test misses mark; MND vows to investigate (Taiwan)

    03/24/2011 6:08:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Taipei Times ^ | Mar 24, 2011 | Rich Chang
    Second missile test misses mark; MND vows to investigate By Rich Chang / Staff Reporter Thu, Mar 24, 2011 - Page 3 Mechanical problems and human error were behind another less-than-stellar air defense missile test on Monday, on the heels of an equally unsatisfactory major missile exercise earlier this year. Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) said mechanical problem and operational shortcomings were responsible for the poor performance of Monday’s missile tests, adding that the military would continue to investigate the causes of the malfunctions. Missile performance is “unstable,” Kao told reporters in the legislature yesterday. The missile exercise...
  • China aims new missile types at Taiwan, NSB says

    03/16/2011 11:11:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Thu, Mar 17, 2011 | Rich Chang
    China aims new missile types at Taiwan, NSB says DANGER::The DF-16 ballistic missile not only poses a threat to Taiwan, but could also be used to strike US military bases on Guam and Okinawa By Rich Chang / Staff Reporter Thu, Mar 17, 2011 - Page 1 A top national security official yesterday said China had begun deploying a new long-range ballistic missile aimed at Taiwan, adding that the missile’s destructive capacity went beyond that of the current missiles in China’s arsenal. National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Tsai Der-sheng (蔡得勝) told the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that...
  • Is Russia Helping Taiwan Build Submarines?

    03/12/2011 10:02:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | March 10, 2011 | Jyh-Perng Wang
    Is Russia Helping Taiwan Build Submarines? Publication: China Brief Volume: 11 Issue: 4March 10, 2011 On January 27, a Taiwanese weekly, Next Magazine, reported that the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy had plans to introduce Russian Kilo-class submarine technology. According to the report, a task force was organized by Taiwan’s National Security Council (NSC) and the Taiwan Navy, which contacted Russian government authorities back in October 2010 and reached a consensus on technical cooperation to construct pressure hulls for submarines. Russia reportedly will send a technical team to Taiwan for evaluation before signing a memorandum of cooperation (Next Magazine [Taiwan],...