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  1. Island's 'sovereign status' to be enshrined in textbooks

    Posted May 21st 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has said he would ensure facts about the island's status were in local textbooks for future generations to remember. 'Taiwan ... Declaration that gave the republic its claim to Taiwan. Pro-independence supporters in Taiwan and some officials in Japan had cited the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty to dispute that Taiwan was part ...

  2. How recent wars shaped the PLA Air Force

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... and naval forces, and the PLA reduced its land-based force, retiring more than a million soldiers. The Taiwan Strait crisis of 1996 was another incident which underlined the importance of having a modern air force to the PLA. Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's president at the time, advocated the 'two countries' theory. Beijing perceived this as a step towards seeking full independence ...

  3. Admiral says PLA's strength, intentions should be displayed

    Posted Nov 28th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... on international politics. Yang said Sino-US strategic relations were moving from the level of 'common interest' to 'balance of power'. 'At the moment, common interest ... battle operations. Yang warned the United States to stay out of affairs between the mainland and Taiwan. 'The Taiwan issue has been the most sensitive and explosive problem,' he wrote. ...

  4. China's arms deals topped US$3.6b

    Posted Sep 27th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... of weapons. But in terms of weapons delivered over this period, the mainland falls to fourth-largest importer among developing nations, with Taiwan in second place. The mainland received arms deliveries of US$9.3 billion and Taiwan received US$20 billion. Only Saudi Arabia had more weapons delivered at US$64.5 billion. The report said Russia was the biggest arms supplier to the mainland. ...

  5. Doubts about China's rise dangerous for us all

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China has legitimate security interests. The party's credentials have been burnished in guaranteeing territorial integrity. Some borders remain unstable. Chinese of all political persuasions are acutely aware that at times of military weakness, their nation has been subjected to brutality. Military strength has kept Taiwan from declaring independence. China's growing ...

  6. Alarm at Japan-US strategy on a strait war

    Posted Jan 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are considering contingency plans in response to potential armed conflict between the mainland and Taiwan. 'The reports have come to our attention, and [we] express grave concern over them,' Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Liu Jianchao said yesterday. 'Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. Japan and the US should strictly adhere to their one-China policy in whatever ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. How 9/11 rewrote the Sino-US script

    Posted Sep 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... embassy in Belgrade during the Nato air war over Yugoslavia in 1999 and escalating confrontation over Taiwan issues towards the end of the 20th century. The tensions over Taiwan were fuelled by then US president George W. Bush's provocative comment that he would do 'whatever it takes' to help Taiwan defend itself, his offer of the biggest arms sales package to the island ...

  9. Military tries to ease 'China threat' fears

    Posted Apr 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... countries,' Shanghai-based military expert Ni Lexiong said. 'However, it's impossible to enhance military confidence without mutual political trust, with the United States being the key ...

  10. Island keeps close eye on military moves across the strait

    Posted Mar 20th 2008, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Taiwan has stepped up security and combat readiness to ensure this weekend's presidential election goes smoothly in the face of persistent military threats from ... morning, but as to where it will go, what it will do and whether it will pass by Taiwan, we have no comment,' she said. The South China Morning Post reported that the Kitty Hawk, which failed ...




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