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  • Taiwans Subs to Get US-Made Mk-48 Torpedoes: Report

    09/09/2016 5:28:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TheNewsLens ^ | 2016/09/09
    After years of prevarication, the U.S. government is reported to have finally agreed to sell Mark-48 (Mk-48) heavyweight torpedoes to Taiwan. Made by Raytheon Corp, the Mk-48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedo can be used against a variety of targets in deep-water and littoral environments. The torpedoes will be outfitted onto Taiwans two combat-ready Hai Lung-class (Sea Dragon) attack submarines. Software-based guidance and control enables autonomous operation, fire and forget tactics, simultaneous multiple target engagement and close-in attack, the manufacturer states on its website. It can also be controlled via wire link. Acquired from the Netherlands in the 1980s, the Hai...
  • Come run into My Arms[Charismatic Caucus]

    09/06/2016 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My opinion of you is righteousness for I have loved you through all eternity . So catch up with my love for you just drink it in and fall into the pool of my complete acceptance for you have already been washed in my forgiveness so don't challenge my love just receive it for you are mine and I am yours woven through all eternity together as one. Come to me and the sound of my voice both through others gestures of my love through them and by my Spirit speaking to your heart for I have already given you...
  • God's Love Abounds [Charismatic Caucus]

    08/01/2016 7:52:15 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My love abounds in the riches of the fruit from My Tree. So come and partake of Me in Mercy and Grace. Bathe yourself in My humility and find Peace in all you do for I AM a Wellspring of knowledge and as you seek MY Face I will adorn you in My manifold Spirit so you to may walk in the fullness of My ways and not lack anymore. Philippians 4:19 19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • The Latest: Taiwan Leader Slams UN Ruling, Sends Patrol Ship

    07/14/2016 9:26:18 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | 07/13/2016 | AP
    The Latest on an international tribunal's ruling on the case filed by the Philippines against China's claims in the South China Sea (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is indignant at the U.N. arbitration tribunal's decision to deny China and Taiwan their maritime claims in the South China Sea. Although rivals, self-ruled Taiwan and China share the same territorial claims, pitting them against other claimants, chiefly the Philippines and Vietnam. The U.N. arbitration tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines and said that the biggest feature in the Spratly Islands Taiwanese-controlled Taiping or Itu...
  • Taiwan's navy sinks fishing boat 'by mistake'

    07/01/2016 8:25:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    dw.com ^ | 01.07.2016
    The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind III) missile was accidentally launched at 8:10 a.m. (0010 UTC) Friday and flew about 75 kilometers (47 miles) before striking a fishing boat, Taiwan's defense ministry said. The skipper on the "Hsian Li Sheng," a 60-ton trawler based in the southern Kaohsiuing city, was killed and three other crew on board, including a Vietnamese and a Filipino, were injured in the explosion. "An initial investigation showed that the incident has caused the death of the skipper," defense ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi told reporters. "We apologize to the family of the skipper and would...
  • Taiwan Mistakenly Fires Supersonic 'Carrier Killer' Missile Towards China

    07/01/2016 12:50:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 01, 2016
    <p>TAIPEI, TAIWAN: A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.</p> <p>The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometres (around 200 miles), flew about 75 kilometres before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait.</p>
  • Adorable video shows the moment a tiny kitten makes a break for freedom from a pet store pen

    06/29/2016 11:31:13 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 June 2016 | John Carney for Daily Mail Australia
    It's hard to know whether this kitten was trying to escape from its confinement or looking to meet up with his canine friend, but they both ended up together anyway. The JoLinn Pet House, a pet store in Taipei, Taiwan, posted a video on its Facebook page of a kitten clambering its way up the glass in its pen to get to the gap at the top. After getting stuck there for a few seconds the kitten then has to quickly size up what to do next as the puppy in the pen next door suddenly realises he may have...
  • New Guided Missile Destroyer Project for ROC Navy Emerges out of Taiwan

    06/29/2016 3:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 June 2016
    Pictures of a scale model and computer renderings of a new guided-missile destroyer project for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) emerged last week in the 中国军事中國軍事武器 (China Military Chinese Weapon) magazine. This new destroyer project is in line with Taiwan's new naval acquisition plan which was unveiled late last year. The new plan called for four new destroyers (among other vessels). CGI of the new DDG Project for the ROC Navy Based on the picture and images, one of the key feature of the new destroyer class is a large mast with four AESA radar arrays presumably...
  • Taiwan airs impressive shipbuilding ambitions

    The Republic of China Navy (ROCN) Program Office recently announced in Taipei a major indigenous development programme spanning ten vessel types. It represents a desire for Taiwan to be less dependent on the US for naval requirements. Indigenous production calls for spending of US$14.7 billion over a 23-year period out to 2040, including submarines, destroyers, guided missile frigates, landing platform docks (LPD), 2,500t multipurpose transports, additional catamaran-hulled Tuo Jiang-class corvettes, rescue vessel, ocean surveillance ship, minelayers and tugboats. Interestingly, an ROCN press release a day earlier included a landing helicopter dock (LHD), but it disappeared at the official briefing without...
  • Kerry warns Beijing over air defense zone for South China Sea

    06/04/2016 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4th, 2016 | by Yeganeh Torbati
    ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a "provocative and destabilizing act". U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013. "We would consider an ADIZ...over portions of the South China Sea as...
  • Japan's East China Sea Military Buildup Continues

    05/07/2016 8:55:45 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 6, 2016 | Emanuele Scimia
    Chinas activism in the East China Sea is goading Tokyo to defensive measures along the southern islands, " Nansei". On the heels of new self-defense legislation, to engage in armed conflicts (for the first time since the end of World War II). Tokyo will close in on China through a variety of ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and antimissile facilities. Key to this strategy is the Ryukyu Island Chain, which includes the Okinawa and Kagoshima.
  • Japan's X-2 stealth fighter jet takes to the skies: $332 million prototype

    04/22/2016 4:22:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 April 2016 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    Japan's first stealth fighter jet has successfully taken to the skies as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation enthusiasts watching the event erupted in applause as it lifted off. The single-pilot prototype safely landed at Gifu air base, north of Nagoya airport, after a 25-minute flight with 'no particular problems,' said an official at the defence ministry's acquisition agency. The X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its...
  • Officials fear accused Navy spy Edward Lin told China about U.S. reconnaissance aircraft

    04/17/2016 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/17/16 | Rowan Scarborough
    A Navy officer has spent eight months in the brig as a captive of U.S. counterintelligence agents, but to hear officials tell the spy tale, they know few details about what he provided to Chinas communist regime or Taiwans government. To be sure, Lt. Cmdr. Edward Chieh-Liang Lin knows a lot about the Navys spying on China. He was a naval flight officer for long-distance patrol aircraft that suck up communications as well as track and take reconnaissance photographs and video of Beijings aggressive military operations in the South China Sea and elsewhere. Someone like Cmdr. Lin would have detailed...
  • Did an Accused Navy Spy Trade Secrets for Sex?

    04/12/2016 7:01:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2016 | Shane Harris, Nanacy A. Youssef, and Katie Zavadski
    Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin was once celebrated by the American military for his personal journey, from his native Taiwan to service in the U.S. Navy, where he became an officer and eventually an American citizen. I always dreamt about coming to America, the promised land, Lin said in 2008, when he became a U.S. citizen. I grew up believing that all the roads in America lead to Disneyland.
  • Genetic Study Uncovers New Path to Polynesia

    02/05/2011 4:22:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | University of Leeds
    The islands of Polynesia were first inhabited around 3,000 years ago, but where these people came from has long been a hot topic of debate amongst scientists. The most commonly accepted view, based on archaeological and linguistic evidence as well as genetic studies, is that Pacific islanders were the latter part of a migration south and eastwards from Taiwan which began around 4,000 years ago. But the Leeds research -- published February 3 in The American Journal of Human Genetics -- has found that the link to Taiwan does not stand up to scrutiny. In fact, the DNA of current...
  • Japan opens radar station close to disputed East China Sea islands [Senkaku]

    03/27/2016 8:51:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:06pm EDT | Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japan on Monday will switch on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of disputed islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. The new Self Defense Force base on Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150 km (93 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. This radar station is going to irritate China, said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University and a former...
  • Taiwan's Nationalists elect their 1st female leader

    03/26/2016 11:09:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
    Taiwans China-friendly Nationalist Party has elected its first female leader after ousting her as its presidential candidate ahead of January elections that were won by pro-independence rivals. The Kuomintang had ditched Hung Hsiu-chu as her abrasive style and strongly pro-China positions were seen as alienating voters. The veteran legislator and former teacher was elected as leader over three other candidates Saturday and likely faces a difficult time rebuilding the party after its January electoral defeat. [] Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hung from Beijing, saying he hoped the two parties would continue to oppose Taiwan independence, according to the official...
  • Gambia forms ties with China after rejecting Taiwan

    03/18/2016 6:13:38 AM PDT · by VAFreedom
    cns news ^ | March 17, 2016 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    "The small African nation of Gambia has established formal diplomatic ties with China after turning its back on rival Taiwan, amid speculation over possible retaliation by Beijing following the election of a new independence-leaning government in Taipei."
  • ROC Navy to Build Three Air Defense Catamaran Corvettes based on Tuo River-class

    03/15/2016 6:35:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | March 15, 2016
    The ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) has ordered three air defense catamaran corvettes based on the existing Tuo River-class. It is rumored the corvettes are expected to be fitted with Mk 41 VLS for a new naval variant of the Sky Bow III (Tien Kung III) surface to air missiles. It remains to be seen however if such large missiles can fit on a small platform like this catamaran corvette. Same thing goes for long range radar sensors. The "Tuo River" Catamaran Corvette sailing under its own power. Picture: Internet/Lee Chung Wei Other weapon system should include Sky...
  • McDonald's-ad-featuring-gay-son-coming-out-sparks-controversy

    03/10/2016 10:30:32 PM PST · by Kudsman · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2016 | Fox News
    Religious groups in Taiwan are calling for a boycott of McDonalds after the fast food giant premiered a commercial they say promotes gay issues." The minute-and-a-half ad features a boy coming out to his father by writing, I like boys on a McCafe coffee cup and sliding it across the table.
  • SAVING GRACE[charismatic Caucus]

    02/29/2016 9:33:33 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-29-16 | Holy Spirit ,Bible
    Do you see my children ? My Heart is for Saving Grace yet My Sword divides Light from darkness and there is still a battle over Virtue and Holiness being first and foremost and I shall never allow Sodom and Gomorrah to stand again. So watch as My Spirit moves for truly I am about to sweep My Threshing Floor clean in order to bring all those The Father has given me into my hands. Isaiah 60 60 Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept yourise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory...
  • Israeli Missiles, RWS to Equip Philippine Navy Combat Boats

    02/28/2016 1:05:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Feb 27, 2016
    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will supply three Mini Typhoon remotely controlled weapon mounts to arm three multi-purpose attack crafts (MPAC MKIII) of the Philippine Navy. The contract amount is $12 million (PhP 594,319,550), each RWS will operate 12.7 heavy machine guns also mount Spike-ER launchers, extending the boat’s firepower to more than 8 kilometers. The new boats are constructed by a joint venture between Philippine shipbuilder Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Corporation. MPAC Mk III will also have provisions for two M60/7.62mm Light Machine Gun. According to Philippine sources each Mini-Typhoon will contain 2,000 rounds and 10...
  • Reports say Japan's Sharp OK's takeover by Taiwan's Hon Hai (Foxconn)

    02/24/2016 8:25:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2016 10:09 PM EST
    Japanese media report that troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp has agreed to a takeover offer from Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn. Sharp Corp. would not immediately confirm the reports Thursday by Kyodo News Service and other media that it had opted for Foxconn rather than a competing consortium of Japanese investors to help restructure its once booming liquid crystal display panel business to cope with competition from Korean and Chinese rivals. ...
  • BREAKING NEWS: 'Hundreds' of people feared trapped in collapsed buildings...(Taiwan)

    02/05/2016 2:24:09 PM PST · by amorphous · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Flora Drury
    Hundreds of people are feared trapped in collapsed buildings after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan. 'Multiple' buildings - including at least one residential block - are said to have fallen following the quake which shook the island at about 4am on Saturday. Reports emerging suggest Tainan, on the south-west coast, was the worst affected, with pictures of buildings partially or completely destroyed circulating on social media, while video footage shows rescue workers wading through water after the mains burst.
  • China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

    01/30/2016 8:20:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2016
    The missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Triton Island in the Paracel chain "to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands," without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said Saturday in Washington.. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the Paracels and require prior notice from ships transiting what they consider their territorial waters. The latest operation was particularly aimed at China, which has increased tensions with the U.S. and its Southeast Asian neighbors by embarking on massive construction of man-made islands and airstrips...
  • CHINA TRANSLATED: Entertaining Politics; Politicized Entertainment

    01/22/2016 4:43:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | James Yu
    CHINA TRANSLATED: Entertaining Politics; Politicized Entertainment By James Yu, Epoch Times January 20, 2016 Last Updated: January 21, 2016 8:22 pm /snip Best of Weibo On the Chou Tzu-yu incident @MyDF: "China's politics looks pretty entertaining, and the entertainment industry looks pretty political." --Qiwenlu @ResetTor: "One of the most ridiculous things about China is the following fact: From Party officials to common people, almost everyone chooses to emigrate if given the opportunity. In the meantime, they like to forcibly impose what they think on foreign people, and sometimes even force others to admit 'they are Chinese.' Such nationalist behavior is...
  • China’s PLA forces carry out landing drills near Taiwan outpost days after elections

    01/21/2016 5:16:44 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    SCMP ^ | 21 January, 2016 | Minnie Chan and Reuters
    China's PLA forces carry out landing drills near Taiwan outpost days after elections PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 8:22pm UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 8:28pm The People's Liberation Army based in the Fujian provincial city of Xiamen - 10km opposite one of self-ruled Taiwan's outposts - has carried out live-fire exercises and landing drills just days after the pro-independence opposition party won elections in Taiwan. Military experts said the drills were aimed at sending a "political warning" to Taiwan's president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Democratic Progressive Party, that Beijing would never give up using "non-peaceful means" to solve...
  • US might sell refurbished Harriers to Taiwan: report

    01/19/2016 2:33:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | William Lowther
    The US might offer to sell refurbished AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets to Taiwan, the magazine Defense News said. “The Harriers will be offered to Taiwan through the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program under the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency,” the magazine said in an article written by Taipei-based correspondent Wendell Minnick. The article quotes US government sources as saying the Harriers would be offered after the US Marine Corps begins replacing them with F-35B stealth fighters. The Taipei Times was unable to confirm the story with Pentagon sources on Sunday. Other sources said the story could have been leaked...
  • Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy(China/Taiwan)

    01/18/2016 7:03:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2016/01/18 | Christie Chen
    Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy 2016/01/18 19:31:13 ●Jan. 8 In a series of posts on his Sina Weibo microblog, Huang An (黃安), a 53-year-old singer born in Taiwan and based in China, accuses 16-year-old Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜), better known as Tzuyu, the only Taiwanese member of the popular South Korean girl group Twice, of supporting Taiwan independence. Huang mentions Chou's waving of the Republic of China's (Taiwan) national flag on a South Korean TV show last year, and accuses her of working with the independence-leaning Taiwanese media outlet Sanlih E-Television, which he says has been promoting her as...
  • Watch: Teenage pop star’s humiliating apology to China for waving Taiwan flag

    01/16/2016 9:54:46 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 16, 2016 | Simon Denyer and Xu Jing
    Watch: Teenage pop star's humiliating apology to China for waving Taiwan flag By Simon Denyer and Xu Jing January 16 at 5:45 AM TAIPEI - She is a 16-year-old singer from Taiwan, who performs with a South Korea girl band. But on Saturday Chou Tzu-yu became the center of a political storm, after she forced to make a humiliating apology to China for daring to hold Taiwa's flag on Korean television. The controversy has engulfed social media in Taiwan on the day that the island went to the polls to elect a new president, and has brought the issues of...
  • Tsai Ing-wen Elected President of Taiwan

    01/16/2016 5:44:23 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 16, 2016 | AUSTIN RAMZY
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - Tsai Ing-wen was elected Taiwan’spresident on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win the office. Voters gave her Democratic Progressive Party, which is skeptical of closer ties with China, control of Taiwan’s legislature for the first time, giving her broad authority to enact her policies in office. "The results today tell me the people want to see a government that is willing to listen to people, that is more transparent and accountable and a government that is more capable of leading us past our current challenges and taking care of those in need,” she said in a...
  • Bad Business with China 101

    12/14/2015 7:36:38 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who warn of the dangers of professors making pronouncements outside their area of expertise may have been a bit too hasty. A case might be made for encouraging business professors to look at foreign policy. "It amazes me that Americans don’t see China as a threat," Dr. Peter Navarro said at a briefing at the Center for a New American Security on December 7, 2015, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Navarro, a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine, is the author of Crouching Tiger: What China’s...
  • Could North Korea again save Taiwan?

    11/16/2015 3:18:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NK News ^ | November 16th, 2015 | Dennis P. Halpin
    Could North Korea again save Taiwan? Continued risks of instability north of the DMZ may distract from coming cross-Straits tensions Dennis P. Halpin November 16th, 2015 /snip Beijing had previously used the collapse of its former advisory, the Soviet Union, to reposition its military strength from the northern frontier to areas adjacent to Taiwan. And Xi gave no indication that his meeting with Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou would lead to any reduction in the estimated 1,800 missiles aimed at Taiwan. What could, however, lead to a redeployment of PLA forces northward and a re-evaluation of priorities would be another crisis triggered...
  • HUGE PROBLEMS WITH TAIWANESE AH-64E FLEET

    10/29/2015 10:34:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIRheads FLY ^ | 2015/10/28
    The Republic of China Army Aviation (RoCAA; Taiwan) has extreme difficulties keeping its 29 new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters airborne. Part of the problem is a discovered material failure due to faulty production by Boeing. The American manufacturer of the legendary attack helicopter is using a new aluminum-magnesium alloy for the tail rotor gearbox and this material seems to be the reason of corrosion in salty and humid climates such as in Taiwan. Nine AH-64Es are grounded because of this issue, while Boeing technicians are trying to find a solution but for now just advising ill-tested short-term measures. Another...
  • Tree distribution supports 'out of Taiwan' hypothesis

    10/15/2015 12:24:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Taipei Behavior, er, Dealer, er, Times! Taipei Times! ^ | Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Chen Wei-han
    An international team led by National Taiwan University forestry professor Chung Kuo-fang... analyzed the chloroplast DNA sequences of 604 paper mulberry samples collected from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific islands, and found that a specific haplotype, cp-17, which originated in Taiwan, is predominant across the region. It is assumed that paper mulberry, a common East Asian tree used for making paper, was transported across the Pacific by Austronesian people, who used the tree to make bark cloth, Chung said... Paper mulberry is a dioecious species, meaning that the male and female reproductive organs are found on separate plants. Most...
  • Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power

    10/04/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | October 3, 2015 | David Axe
    In 2017, immediately defeating a surge of Chinese warplanes attacking Taiwan will require around 2,200 combat-ready U.S. fighter jets a full two-thirds of all fighters in the American inventory. Thats the main conclusion of a new briefing paper from RAND, a California think tank. RAND points out that the Pentagon has more and better fighters than China and superior pilots, too. But over Taiwan, geography favors the Peoples Liberation Army. China does not need to catch up fully to the United States to challenge the U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland. Historically, PLA...
  • Watch out, Dominos! New 3D printer can produce pizza

    09/17/2015 11:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 17, 2015 | Megan McGibney
    Hungry for some pizza? Just print it out with a click of the mouse! Taiwans XYZ 3D printer layers the ingredients before the food can be baked in the oven and gives space-age chefs the ability to choose their own shapes and upload files of their snacks. The printer can currently accommodate up to three tubes of printing ingredients for example, a cookie dough-like mixture, chocolate for decorating biscuits,
  • Students' flow to US rises by 32%

    09/09/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - There has been an astounding 32 per cent increase this year in the number of students flocking to American universities for higher studies. It is the biggest increase from any single country for the year, although in overall terms, China still tops the table in a big way. Figures just released by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) indicate that 149,987 Indian students are currently enrolled in American universities of a total of 1.05 million. Chinese students number 301,532. When it comes to the highly-coveted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, it is Indian students...
  • China Building 2 Aircraft Carriers in Secret Project: Report

    09/03/2015 10:37:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    TAIPEI: China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about China's aircraft carrier programme, which is a state secret, although Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built. The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years. One of the new vessels is being built in Shanghai and the other in the northeastern city...
  • Taiwan's CSIST Unveiled the Sea Oryx Naval Air Defense System Similar to RAM at TADTE 2015

    08/13/2015 10:48:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 August 2015
    At the TADTE (Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition) 2015 defense exhibition held this week in Taipei, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) unveiled for the first time the Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system. The system appears close in concept to the American/German RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) system developed by Raytheon/Diehl/RAM-SYS or to the Chinese Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher for HQ-10 missile. Taiwan's new Sea Oryx naval air defense missile system unveiled for the first time during the TADTE 2015 exhibition in Taipei. The Sea Oryx missile is derived from the locally developed Infra-Red short range air-to-air...
  • Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia greatest threat to U.S.

    07/10/2015 1:02:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2015 | By Jamie Crawford
    Washington (CNN)Russia currently poses the greatest global threat to the United States, according to the man slated to be President Barack Obama's top military adviser. "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security," Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine and threat to NATO nations on its borders, Russia presents a significant challenge to the U.S., even as it faces threats like that of ISIS. "If you want to talk about a nation...
  • Essay: Chinas Submarine Solution for the Taiwan Strait

    07/09/2015 9:40:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 8, 2015 | Henry Holst
    While several Chinese security-scenarios are discussed in defense circles, Chinas Taiwan dilemma is still the primary driver for Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) acquisition. Resolving Chinas Taiwan issue has been the PLAs justification for double-digit budget increases over decades. The force needed to deal with a U.S. military intervention during a Taiwan contingency far outweighs that required to handle Chinas other external security goals. The Taiwan issue is reflected in the PLA Navys (PLAN) undersea force structure, which in recent years has heavily prioritized the construction of Type-39A Yuan-class conventional submarines (SSK). According to Naval War College professor and PLAN watcher...
  • Captain of TransAsia Flight 235 shut off working engine after other failed: Report

    07/02/2015 11:56:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cnn ^ | 02:39 AM PHT Fri, July 3, 2015 | Tim Hume, CNN
    "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle." These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board. The latest report by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council into the February crash confirms that the captain of the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft mistakenly switched off the plane's working engine after the other lost power. The plane is designed to be able to be flown on one engine. The report also showed that the captain had failed simulator training...
  • Archaeologists Announce Discovery Of Underwater Man-Made Wall (Very Old)

    11/26/2002 7:57:18 AM PST · by blam · 861 replies · 4,602+ views
    China Post ^ | 11-26-2002
    Archaeologists announce discovery of underwater man-made wall 2002/11/26 The China Post staff Underwater archaeologists yesterday announced the discovery of a man-made wall submerged under the waters of the Pescadores Islands that could be at least six and seven thousand years old. Steve Shieh, the head of the planning committee for the Taiwan Underwater Archaeology Institute, said the wall was discovered to the northwest of Tong-chi Island in the Pescadores towards the end of September. The stone wall, with an average height of one meter and a width of 50 centimeters, covers a distance of over 100 meters, Hsieh said. The...
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    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:50PM BST 27 Jun 2015
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    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
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    06/14/2015 1:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:18am EDT | Paul Carsten
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    upi ^ | June 5, 2015 | Hooper
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    UPI ^ | June 5, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    Some have suggested the creature filmed by Wei Cheng Jian in Taiwan could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus....
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    06/07/2015 7:36:24 AM PDT · by ETL · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | June 5, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PENGHU, Taiwan, June 5 (UPI) -- A man fishing in Taiwan captured video of a mysterious worm-like green sea creature crawling onto land and shared it online. Wei Cheng Jian posted video of the creature he encountered in a Penghu port on Facebook, where commenters theorized it could be a ribbon worm, or Nemertea. Ribbon worms have a proboscis that extends from their body while hunting, which could explain the green creature's long tongue-like appendage. The proboscis covers the ribbon worm's prey in a thick, poisonous mucus. The creatures usually live in the sea, but have been known to seek...