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2008-10-04 12:00:07

Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) ["Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao Issues Statement on US Government Notifying Congress of Decision To Sell Weapons to Taiwan"] Beijing, 4 Oct (Xinhua) - Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on 4 October issued a statement on the US Government notifying Congress its decision to sell weapons to Taiwan, saying the Chinese government and people resolutely oppose and condemn this US action that gravely...

2006-08-31 07:18:17

By Fayen Wong KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - A dark-green army truck zips through the hilly countryside in southern Taiwan before disappearing behind the high walls of an unmarked military base -- the largest of Singapore's three army camps in Taiwan. For nearly 30 years, the island state of Singapore, which lacks the space for large-scale military maneuvers, has trained its troops in Taiwan under the code name Operation Starlight. But Singapore has begun scaling back its military...

2006-07-20 03:20:34

By C.C. Yao ILAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire army drills in about 20 years on Thursday, showcasing latest weaponry designed to combat a potential Chinese attack as Beijing builds its military might. More than 13,000 soldiers took part in the exercise, which saw U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets screaming across the sky and tanks firing from a beach at targets floating on the sea. Paratroopers posing as Chinese communist soldiers floated to the ground,...

2006-05-23 12:17:26

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's rapid military modernization has altered Asia-Pacific military balances and could pose threats to other forces, the Pentagon said on Tuesday in an annual report that repeated U.S. calls for the Chinese to explain the purpose of their build-up. The 2006 China Military Power Report said China's military build-up retained its long-standing focus on rival Taiwan but that years of double-digit growth in arms spending gave...

2006-04-05 19:50:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A political wrangle in Taiwan that has delayed a $12 billion U.S. arms sale is raising questions about the island's commitment to its own defense, an American lawmaker warned on Tuesday. President George W. Bush's administration offered Taiwan the deal in 2001. It includes eight diesel-electric submarines and 12 P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft. Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian, who champions Taiwan's distinct identity if not outright independence for the...

2006-03-07 05:08:50

By Ben Blanchard and Alice Hung BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's foreign minister sought on Tuesday to deflect concerns over the announcement of another double-digit rise in the military budget, saying the country had spent far less than the United States. The defense came as self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own and has threatened to recover by force, said that China has accumulated nearly 800 missiles capable of bombing the island for 10 hours, and warned the threat...

2005-10-01 23:46:37

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Time is running out for Taiwan as parliament agonizes over a huge U.S. weapons package seen as critical in maintaining the balance of power with China and as Washington all but throws its arms in the air in frustration. Failure to approve the $11 billion budget for submarines and anti-submarine aircraft would seriously erode the self-ruled island's defense capabilities and jeopardize security, analysts say. China views Taiwan as a recalcitrant,...

2005-08-11 01:23:44

TAIPEI (Reuters) - After holding months of live-fire war games to highlight a perceived growing military threat from giant neighbor China, Taiwan's military gave its people a taste of virtual war on Thursday. Two computer games featuring missile strikes against the world's tallest building in downtown Taipei and a naval blockade around the island's major ports were on display at a defense exhibition on Thursday, the latest in a string of campaigns to promote a controversial $15 billion arms...

2005-06-28 05:09:50

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan risks losing its military edgeover ideological foe China -- and support from the UnitedStates -- if parliament fails to approve a US$15 billion armsbudget, a senior defense ministry official said. The United States, which recognizes China and not Taiwan,offered the package of advanced weapons in 2001 in what wouldbe the biggest arms sale to Taiwan in more than a decade.Taiwan has since cut its budget for the arms from $18 billionto $15 billion...


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