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China Warns Against US-Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are warning of “severe consequences” if the United States goes ahead with a reported plan to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets. U.S. lawmakers say they have been briefed on the plan, which falls short of Taiwan’s request to purchase the latest generation F-16s with more advanced capabilities and weapons. […]

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Japanese Swim to Taiwan to Show Gratitude for Quake Assistance

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 4:46 am (UTC-5)
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Six Japanese swimmers reached the eastern coast of Taiwan Monday after challenging heavy winds and high waves for 52 hours. The group’s leader explained the point of the swim. He said he and the others wanted to show their appreciation for the assistance provided by Taiwan after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. The […]

China Warns of Consequences of US-Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are warning of “severe consequences” if the United States goes ahead with a reported plan to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of F-16 jet fighters. Members of the U.S. Congress are telling news organizations they have been briefed on the plan, which falls short of Taiwan’s request to purchase the latest generation F-16s […]

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Reports: US Will Not Sell Fighter Jets to Taiwan

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 4:08 am (UTC-5)
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Published reports say the White House had decided not to sell new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. The Washington Post newspaper and other news agencies are reporting that the Obama administration is offering to refurbish Taiwan’s aging fleet of F-16s in an arms package that does not include any new jets for the island. Administration […]

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Taiwan Receives Rare Cranes from Japan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:36 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan has welcomed a pair of exotic birds sent by Japan in a gesture of friendship and appreciation. The red-crown cranes, named named “Big” and “Kika,” arrived at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport Wednesday and were taken to the city’s zoo. They will be displayed at a special enclosure designed to simulate their natural habitat in the […]

US Legislators Boost Pressure to Sell Taiwan US Fighters

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:04 am (UTC-5)
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Pressure is building in the U.S. Congress to force the Obama administration to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan. Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and John Cornyn of Texas introduced the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act this week. The bill says President Barack Obama must adhere to “obligations” under a 1979 law that requires the […]

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2 Taiwan Military Jets Crash Into Mountainside

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 2:51 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan authorities are investigating to determine why two military jets crashed into a mountain, killing three men. Search crews pored over the site of the crash Wednesday, searching for clues to the cause and the remains of the flyers. The official Central News Agency reported that only partial remains had been found. Officials said the […]

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Taiwan Opposition Candidate, in US, Promises Moderate China Policy

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate is appealing for the United States to sell the island F-16 jets, but said on a visit to Washington that her party will seek good relations with China if returned to power. Tsai Ing-wen, who is challenging President Ma Jing-jeou in elections scheduled for January, told a Washington audience Tuesday that […]

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Taiwan’s Opposition Presidential Candidate Visits US

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:37 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate traveled to the United States Monday promising closer ties with Washington if her party wins next year’s presidential election. Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, told reporters before departing Sunday that she would discuss a wide range of issues with U.S. officials during her nine-day visit, including setting […]

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Taiwan Investigating HIV Organ Transplants

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan health officials say they are investigating a case of “critical medical negligence” after one of the island’s leading hospitals approved organs from an HIV-positive donor to be transplanted into five patients. Health Department authorities said Monday they will look into the case before deciding what penalties should be imposed on the National Taiwan University […]

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