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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...