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  1. News - China - DEFENCE

    Taiwan gears up for military drills to counter any mainland threat

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... would stage 62 military drills and mobilisation exercises this year to strengthen its defensive capabilities in the face of a growing military threat from the mainland, the island's defence ... forces," defence ministry spokesman Luo Shou-he said. Although cross-strait relations have improved steadily since Ma Ying-jeou of the mainland-friendly Kuomintang became president in 2008, Beijing ...

  2. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan calls for continued arms sales amid US-China summit

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 04:15pm by Agence France-Presse in Taipei

    ... to Taiwan,” Taiwan’s defence ministry spokesman David Lo told reporters. Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. But it has continued to arm the island in accordance ...


    Taiwan to test defences with live-fire drill in strait

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Taiwan will test defences with live-fire drill in strait Taiwan yesterday unveiled plans for its biggest live-fire military exercise since 2008, aimed at reviewing the island's defence capability against a simulated mainland invasion. The operation will take place on April 17 on the Penghu Islands in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. ...


    Taiwan has missile that can reach mainland, ex-defence chief says

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Ex-defence minister alleges existence of medium-range weapon in the island's arsenal Taiwan has missile 'that can hit mainland' Taiwan has developed its first medium-range guided missile that could be used against the mainland, a former defence chief has written in a new book. Michael Tsai, defence minister in the former government ...

  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    Taiwan deputy defence chief laments military readiness in face of threats

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taipei deputy defence minister says mainland threat remains, and lack of troops, resources and public awareness undermines security Taiwan ... of a growing threat from the mainland. The deputy defence minister, Andrew Yang Nien-dzu, said yesterday there was still a long way to go before Taipei could establish "military ...

  6. News - China - DEFENCE

    Taipei to boost cyberwar defences

    Posted Sep 03rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Taipei Taipei to boost cyberwar defences Taiwan plans to beef up its cyberwar capabilities to counter a perceived threat from mainland hackers targeting government and security websites, local media reported yesterday. Taiwan will expand its cyberwar units next year while scaling back military spending due to budget constraints, the Taipei-based Liberty Times ...

  7. Taiwan to boost Spratly defences

    Posted Sep 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwan plans to bolster the defences of Taiping Island, the largest islet in the Spratlys, after increased tensions in the South China Sea. ... over the islands. Taiwan's defence ministry has agreed to help the Coast Guard Administration beef up security on Taiping, the only islet in the group to have fresh water, weeks after ...

  8. Taiwan is committed to gradually increasing its defence budget

    Posted May 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung's article ('Taiwan's cut-price military', April 17) concerning Taiwan's defence efforts requires clarification. His reading of Taiwan's defence ... the military, limiting our ability to increase defence spending as much as we would have liked. However, the Republic of China government remains fully committed to gradually boosting spending to 3 per ...

  9. Arms-deal agency will be shut down, new defence chief vows

    Posted Feb 26th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan's new defence minister, Michael Tsai Ming-hsien, vowed yesterday to disband a controversial arms-deal agency that led to the resignation of his predecessor, ... Company will be disbanded in the near term in line with set legal procedures,' said Mr Tsai, a former vice-defence minister. He was referring to the government's formation ...

  10. US hints at China role in missile defence shield

    Posted Jun 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore Washington yesterday offered Beijing possible involvement in its missile defence plans for East Asia in a bid to ease the mainland's concerns over joint Japan-US efforts. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he was prepared to talk to his mainland counterparts about participation after making similar overtures to Russia in April. 'If ...




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