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  1. Status quo will not change, says policy chief

    Posted Mar 14th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Chen's government had nothing to do with changing the status quo. He said it was aimed at improving the confusing political and government systems in Taiwan so they could fit in with current ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Joseph Wu says decision to scrap unification body not linked to independence Taiwan has no intention of changing the cross-strait status quo, despite ...

  2. Taiwanese relief as Bush backs status quo

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... communiques between Washington and Beijing as well as the Taiwan Relations Act instituted in the absence of formal ties with the island. 'We oppose unilateral changes in the status quo ... for Taiwan,' Mr Su said during a legislature meeting. Mr Huang said Taiwan found it significant that Mr Bush had reiterated the US opposition to unilateral changes in the status quo by either side ...

  3. Caribbean state may swap ties to mainland

    Posted Apr 08th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan has declined to confirm media reports that one of its 25 diplomatic allies could switch ties to the mainland in yet another round of diplomatic tussling ... Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso, the reports said the country's president, Leonel Fernandez, would make an official visit to Taiwan in June to 'look at Taiwan's offers ...

  4. Taiwan performs well in war games, say defence officials

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... additional US Kidd-class destroyers in the battle was the key to the navy doing well in safeguarding the Taiwan Strait, they said. Taiwan has purchased four Kidd-class destroyers from the US, ... was not powerful enough to take Taiwan. Admiral Blair said Taiwan needed to develop various scenarios to counter any possible attacks as the mainland was capable of waging unconventional warfare against ...

  5. Missiles only 7 minutes away, island's Defence Ministry says

    Posted Aug 30th 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung The mainland will be able to attack Taiwan in about two years and could rain missiles down on the island in just seven minutes, Taiwan's Defence Ministry warned ... and 2010, if the military balance in the Taiwan Strait continues to tilt towards the mainland, the mainland will combine intimidation, paralysis and invasion strategies in striking Taiwan ...

  6. Military ties improving, but close links unlikely, say analysts

    Posted May 16th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... differences over Taiwan will keep closer co-operation at bay, say analysts. Ni Lexiong, a military expert from the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said that while Admiral William ... the new round of Sino-US military exchanges also highlighted the common goal of controlling Taiwan's independence-minded leader, Chen Shui-bian. Both Professor Ni and Andrew Yang, ...

  7. Keeping the Pacific peace

    Posted Jul 08th 2006, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... invade Taiwan. Still, politicians anywhere, eager to curry public favour, are capable of making rash gambles. The temptation to gamble may rise, though, while American forces are busy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those engagements may raise questions about Washington's promises to defend Japan and lend Taiwan a strong hand if the mainland attacks. One week before China's ship ...

  8. Chen's plan to stop over in US yet to receive nod

    Posted May 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... said Paraguayan Finance Minister Ernst Bergen had recently asked Taiwan for a US$400 million loan to help pay off his country's foreign debt. The paper said 63 members of Paraguay's ... warned that Taiwan's relations with Costa Rica might be at risk because the country recently signed a trade and investment agreement with Beijing. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Michel ...

  9. Mainland missing Taiwan tourism talks

    Posted Apr 27th 2006, 12:00am by Cynthia Wan

    ... Cynthia Wan Mainland authorities have ruled out sending officials to take part in cross-strait discussions to allow mainland holidaymakers to visit Taiwan, Xinhua reported yesterday. The report said the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office would not send any representatives to the meetings, but the China National Tourism Administration hoped civilian organisations from both ...

  10. 'Message of regret' will appease Taiwan: Zen

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... that it convey a 'message of regret' to pacify Taiwan when the Holy See decides to cut ties with the island in exchange for diplomatic relations with Beijing. The proposal came as a senior Beijing official was quoted as saying that Taiwan would not be a stumbling block in the renewal of formal relations because the mainland is more concerned with how bishops are appointed in China. ...




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