Reunification Is What All Chinese People Want, People's Daily, 27 December 2000 -- Reunification, instead of "Taiwan independence," is what all Chinese people want, according to a signed article released Tuesday, December 26.
Air Force To Consolidate New Warplane Combat Capability, CNA, 26 December 2000 -- The Republic of China Air Force will step up consolidation of beyond-the-vision combat capabilities of its second-generation warplanes starting next year, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Huang Suey-sheng said Tuesday.
Report says arms sales to Taiwan serve U.S. interests, By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes, 21 December 2000 -- For the first time, White House and Pentagon policymakers have stated that arms sales to Taiwan serve U.S. national interests, a stance that might make an already thorny relationship with mainland China even more contentious.
Yearender-China-Taiwan, Voice of America, 20 December 2000 -- In January, Taiwan plans to open its first direct links to mainland China as part of a test to see if even more direct contact is feasible.
Pentagon Report on Implementation of Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. Department of Defense, 19 December 2000 -- Although the People's Republic of China (PRC) "claims that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China and has reserved the right to use force to unify Taiwan with the mainland," the U.S. position is that "any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including boycotts or embargoes, [is] a threat to peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the U.S.," according to a report summary released by the Department of Defense.
ROC, U.S. To Enter 'Strategic Cooperation', CNA, 16 December 2000 -- The Republic of China will formally enter "strategic cooperation" with the United States when its military builds up the "net assessment" capability next year, Ministry of National Defense (MND) sources said Monday.
MND Denies Developing Biological Weapons, CNA, 18 December 2000 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Saturday denied reports that Taiwan may be developing nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons of mass destruction.
Cross-Straits Stalemate Dangerous: Article, People's Daily, 12 December 2000 -- Taiwan has been plagued by one chaos after another since the leader of the Taiwan authorities came to power half a year ago, and the people have been worried about cross-Straits relations in the fear of the pro-independence motives of the leadership, said a signed article released by Xinhua on Monday, December 11.
Macedonia's 'Taiwan Experiment' About To End?, RFE/RL Newsline Vol. 4, No. 235, Part II, 6 December 2000 -- The government of Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski may reconsider its diplomatic ties with Taiwan following the recent departure of the Democratic Alternative and its leader, Vasil Tupurkovski, from the governing coalition
ROC Navy To Build 8th Perry-Class Frigate, CNA, 04 December 2000 -- The Republic of China Navy recently decided to build the eighth locally constructed Chengkung-class missile frigate to beef up its naval defense capability.
China - Taiwan, Voice of America, 30 November 2000 -- China has spurned Taiwan's latest offer to renew dialogue with the mainland, insisting again that Taiwan recognize it is a part of China first.
Acceptance of One-China Principle: Only Way for Breaking Deadlock, People's Daily, 16 November 2000 -- "The only way to break the present deadlock in the cross-Straits relations is that, Taiwan authorities must acknowledge the one-China principle and clearly promise to adhere to the Common View on the One-China Principle reached by the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF)," said Wang Zaixi, deputy director of Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, during an exclusive interview with the reporter in Zhuhai on November 15.
Taiwan Prepared To Negotiate With Mainland China: ROC President, CNA, 21 October 2000 -- Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian said Friday that he is willing to carry out dialogue with mainland China "on the existing foundations," but that Taipei and Beijing did not reach a consensus on the "one China" issue in 1992.
Taiwan / China / Chien, Voice of America, 19 October 2000 -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian has urged China to stop threatening the island and instead begin a dialogue to resolve problems between the two sides
China / Defense, Voice of America, 16 October 2000 -- China says it will increase its military spending to forestall independence moves by Taiwan and to respond to what is sees as foreign interference and power politics.
ROC Premier Urges Taipei-Beijing Reconciliation, CNA, 17 October 2000 -- Republic of China Premier Chang Chun-hsiung said Tuesday that the time for Taipei-Beijing reconciliation has come, adding that the government will evaluate and plan for direct trade, postal, and transport links with mainland China in stages.
CHINA-TAIWAN, Voice of America, 10 October 2000 -- China is refusing to budge on its position on Taiwan, despite Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian's renewed offer to pursue long-lasting peace with the mainland.
US Planned Arms Sale to Taiwan, PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesman, 30 September 2000 -- Q: It is reported that the US Department of Defense has notified the Congress recently of its plan to sell Taiwan weaponry worth 1.3 billion US dollars, including such sophisticated weapons as the supersonic medium-range air-to-air missiles. What is the comment of the Chinese side?
TAIWAN / US ARMS, Voice of America, 29 September 2000 -- The Chairman of Taiwan's Foreign Relations Committee, Paris Chang, is welcoming Thursday's move by the U-S Defense Department to approve the sale of medium range air-to-air missiles and other defensive weapons.
Taiwan Leader Making "Dangerous Option": Magazine, People's Daily, 19 September 2000 -- The latest issue of the Beijing-based magazine Cross-Straits Relations carried an article accusing the Taiwan leader of making a "dangerous option" with his recent separatist remarks.
ROC's Eighth Bid To Rejoin UN Fails, CNA, 08 September 2000 -- The Republic of China on Friday urged Beijing and the international community not to forget that the 21st century is a century of reconciliation when harmony should overpower conflict and cooperation take the place of confrontation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sun Yuxi on Taiwan's UN Bid Failure, People's Republic of China Foreign Ministry, 08 September 2000 -- Facts have proven once again that no matter what new ploys the Taiwan authorities come up with, its splittist attempts of creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" are futile and unpopular, and therefore doomed to failure.
CHINA-WTO-TAIWAN, Voice of America, 07 September 2000 -- China is refusing to back off from its proposal that the World Trade Organization grant membership to Taiwan only if it is recognized as a part of China.
Taiwan Can Only Join WTO as China's Separate Customs Territory, People's Daily, 07 September 2000 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi told a press conference that the Chinese government has held a consistent and clear-cut stance on Taiwan's entry into the WTO, adding that "We oppose Taiwan authorities' attempts to create 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan' in multilateral and bilateral areas by taking advantage of WTO."
Mainland Adheres to One-China Principle: Official, People's Daily, 06 September 2000 -- The mainland maintains that there is only one China in the world and both the mainland and Taiwan belong to the same China. And China's sovereignty and territorial integrity are inalienable.
CROSS-STRAIT TIES IN `COLD STORAGE' STAGE: MAC , CNA, 05 September 2000 -- Mainland China has two reasons for putting cross-strait ties in `cold storage' - mainland China needs a peaceful, stable environment to develop its economy and would not like to see cross-strait ties become a hot topic in the current US presidential campaign.
TAIWAN GETTING MORE SUPPORT IN UN BID, CNA, 03 September 2000 -- Fourteen of the ROC's diplomatic allies have jointly submitted a proposal asking the world body to reconsider Taiwan's representation.
CLARIFICATION FOR INCLUSION OF ROC ON US SECURITY LIST DEMANDED, CNA, 01 September 2000 -- A US representative has written to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Louis J. Freeh requesting clarification on why Taiwan was placed on a national security list last year by the FBI.
US WILL NOT DEPLOY NMD IN ASIA: PRESIDENT, CNA, 01 September 2000 -- US President Bill Clinton emphasized Friday that America must consider the impact on Asian security of a decision to deploy a National Missile Defense (NMD) system in Asia.
CLINTON'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON NMD CAUSES POLARIZED REACTIONS, CNA, 01 September 2000 -- US President Bill Clinton's Friday announcement that he will let the next US president decide whether to deploy the National Missile Defense (NMD) system has set off polarized reactions among congressmen.
MND IS WORTHWHILE IF IT REDUCES CHINESE THREAT: US EXPERT, CNA, 31 August 2000 -- An American expert on weapons systems is convinced that the ballistic missile defense systems now being developed by the United States may well be insufficient to deal with the sort of massive attack the Russians might mount, but if it at least neutralizes current mainland Chinese military expenditures, it may be well worth the price of development and deployment.
TAIWAN TO TRY OBTAINING EARLY WARNING SYSTEM: DEFENSE MINISTER, CNA, 31 August 2000 -- Republic of China Defense Minister Wu Shih-wen said Thursday that the military will continue to try to obtain an early warning system after recent war games revealed Taiwan's limited means to counter mainland Chinese missile attacks.
US SHOULD PROVIDE TMD TO ROC UNLESS M'LAND REDUCES MISSILES: US EXPERT, CNA, 29 August 2000 -- In the absence of any constructive moves by mainland China to decrease its missile threat, the United States should assist Taiwan to develop the component elements of a Theater Missile Defense that best suits the island's security needs, an American expert on Asia has emphasized.
MAC URGES CROSS-STRAIT TALKS ON 'MINI DIRECT LINKS', CNA, 28 August 2000 -- The government is taking a positive stance on the implementation of the so-called "mini three direct links" -- direct trade, shipping and communications links between the Republic of China's offshore islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu with mainland China -- and concrete plans are expected to be put on the drawing-board in the near future.
NATIONAL UNIFICATION NOT ONLY OPTION: DPP OFFICIAL, CNA, 27 August 2000 -- An official of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said national unification is not the only option for Taiwan and the concept should be adjusted to conform to mainstream values.
PFP UNVEILS GUIDELINES ON ITS MAINLAND CHINA POLICY, CNA, 24 August 2000 -- Refusing to take sides in the long-standing argument between Taiwan's pro-reunification and pro-independence forces, PFP leader James Soong took pains to position his party as "pragmatic" in terms of its approach toward the mainland.
'ONE CHINA' POLICY GOOD FOR TAIWAN, CHINA: US EXPERT, CNA, 24 August 2000 -- It makes a great deal of sense for the United States to maintain its "one China" policy, because it reduces the possibility of war across the Taiwan Strait, compels PRC modernization and democratization, and buys time without endangering Taiwan, claimed an American defense expert Thursday.
President Chen Calls For Beefing Up of Naval Strength, CNA, 21 July 2000 -- President Chen Shui-bian said on Friday the Republic of China must beef up its naval defense capability to cope with mainland China's mounting military threat and maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait.
President To Preside Over Navy Commissioning, CNA, 20 July 2000 -- Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian is scheduled to preside over the commissioning ceremony of an Anchorage-class dock landing ship and three Chinchiang-class patrol missile boats on Friday at southern Taiwan's Tsoying Naval Base. c
Missiles Aimed At Taiwan Could Top 1,000 In 10 Years: Expert, CNA, 19 July 2000 -- Stating that subduing Taiwan is a major short-term goal of Beijing's military modernization, a US expert recently predicted that the number of missiles trained on the island may increase to 1,000 or more in ten years.
Air Force's 1st Combat Control Center Opens To Journalists, CNA, 18 July 2000 -- The air force's first combat control center, which is responsible for monitoring military activity in the skies over southeastern mainland China and northern Taiwan, opened to journalists for the first time on Tuesday.
Mainland Chinese Vice Premier On `One China', CNA, 13 July 2000 -- Mainland Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen said on Thursday there is no need to dwell on whether "one China" refers to the Republic of China or the People's Republic of China, as long as the "one China" principle is observed.
Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Press Conference, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 22 June 2000 -- "A second and very timely topic in our meetings today was Taiwan. The United States would like to see a resumption of the cross-strait dialogue and efforts to reduce tensions. The recent election of a new President of Taiwan could provide a fresh opportunity for progress, and certainly more will be gained through flexibility and appeals to shared interest, than could possibly be achieved through efforts to intimidate."
ROC NAVY OPENS DUTCH-MADE SUBS TO MEDIA
CNA - 22 June 2000 -- "Sea Tiger" and "Sea Dragon" represent two of the four submarines that the ROC Navy currently possesses. The two others, commissioned in the early 70s as "Sea Lion" and "Sea Jaguar," are US-made Guppy-class diesel-electric subs that are now restricted to use for training purposes. The ROC Navy has wanted to acquire at least 10 more submarines.
LEGISLATORS CALL FOR CROSS-STRAIT RECONCILIATION CNA - 20 June 2000 -- A group of legislators who tried to observe the historic summit between the two Koreas returned to Taipei on Tuesday and urged the leaders of mainland China and Taiwan to lay aside some of their differences and reach consensus on other subjects.
TAIWAN / VICE PRESIDENT Voice of America 14 June 2000 -- A group of opposition lawmakers in Taiwan say
the country's new vice president is a security risk
and they are calling for her dismissal.
TAIPEI, BEIJING NEED NEW FRAMEWORK FOR RELATIONS: MAC CHIEF June 13 (CNA) The two sides of the Taiwan Strait should craft a new framework for bilateral relations, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said. Tsai said the anticipated co-existence framework should be flexible enough to accommodate the demands of both pro-unification and pro-independence members of the general public.
ROC NAVY CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF LEASED DOCK LANDING SHIP June 2 (CNA) Formerly named the USS Pensacola (LSD-38) Anchorage-class dock landing ship (LSD) leased from the United States, renamed Hsuhai (Radiant Sea), has completed combat readiness training in mid-June, it will replace the 50-year-old LSD Chungcheng.
ROC TO TEST FIRE PATRIOT ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM May 26 (CNA) The Republic of China military will test fire its US-made Patriot anti-missile defense system in September 2001. Testing will be conducted at the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology's Chiupeng base in southern Taiwan.
TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 23 May 2000 -- Taiwan's new government has indicated that it wants to talk to China before - not after - accepting Beijing's "one China" principle.
FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT CHEN SHUI-BIAN'S INAUGURAL SPEEECH 20 May 2000 -- "As long as the CCP regime has no intention to use military force against Taiwan, I pledge that during my term in office, I will not declare independence, I will not change the national title, I will not push forth the inclusion of the so-called "state-to-state" description in the Constitution, and I will not promote a referendum to change the status quo in regards to the question of independence or unification. Furthermore, the abolition of the National Reunification Council or the National Reunification Guidelines will not be an issue."
TAIWAN INAUGURATION Voice of America 20 May 2000 -- Taiwan's new president, Chen Shui-bian, says he will not declare independence nor do anything else
that China might consider provocative as long as Beijing does not use force against the island.
TAIWAN-US Voice of America 19 May 2000 -- The
United States, which is wary of getting too entangled in the murky world of cross-strait diplomacy, denies that it wants to become a mediator and insists it is up to China and Taiwan themselves to rebuild a dialogue.
TAIWAN-ONE CHINA Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- Chen's advisors say he will continue to make conciliatory statements toward Beijing, but will not acknowledge that Taiwan is part of China, as Beijing insists he must.
TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 18 May 2000 -- China wants Mr. Chen to use his inaugural address to show he will work toward Taiwan's reunification with the mainland on Beijing's terms.
TAIWAN - CHINA - U-S Voice of America 18 May 2000 --
China has emphatically denied a U-S newspaper report (Washington Post) that says Beijing has asked
the United States to mediate in its relationship with Taiwan.
MND DISMISSES `BLOCKADE' REPORT CNA Taiwan 17 May 2000 -- The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday quoted US and Australian intelligence sources as saying that mainland China is planning to launch a blockade of Taiwan's key port of Kaohsiung, probably in September of this year, to force Taiwan to open reunification talks with Beijing.
TAIWAN BLOCKADE REPORTS Voice of America 17 May 2000 -- Taiwan's government is denying a newspaper report that Beijing is planning to blockade the island's largest port in order to force talks on reunification.
U-S MILITARY / TAIWAN Voice of America 16 May 2000 -- The commander of the United States Pacific Fleet says U-S naval activity will not be increased in advance of Saturday's inauguration of Taiwan's controversial new president.
CHINA / TAIWAN / U-S Voice of America 16 May 2000 -- China's stepped-up pressure on Taiwan comes as the United States is indicating that it has no desire to mediate between the two longtime rivals.
NO SIGN THAT PRC WILL STAGE LARGE-SCALE WAR GAMES CNA-Taiwan 02 May 2000 -- A spokesman for the Republic of China Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that there is no sign indicating that mainland China is going to stage a large-scale war game in the immediate future.
NEW LANDING VESSEL LEASED FROM US RETURNING
CNA-Taiwan 01 May 2000 -- A new dock landing ship (LSD) leased from the United States by Taiwan is on its way to the island after completion of crew training. Chenghai-class ships were decommissioned last year, and the Chungcheng-class vessels will follow after the new landing ships are put into service.
TAIWAN / LORD Voice of America 25 April 2000 -- Former U-S ambassador to China Winston
Lord has just wound up a fact-finding trip to
Taiwan and is now headed to China for talks with
US AGREEES SALE OF ARMS BUT NO DESTROYERS TO TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 18 April 2000 -- PAVE PAWS radar can detect missile launches within a distance of 3,000 miles and can link up with anti-missile systems under development by the United States. US officials hinted that the PAVE PAWS radar to be sold to Taiwan will not be as powerful as the version used by the US armed forces, but will greatly boost Taiwan's early warning capability.
Taiwan Arms Deal Excludes Warships
By Thomas E. Ricks and Steven Mufson Washington Post April 18, 2000; Page A01 -- "If I were the Chinese, I'd have to assume that the Taiwan radar was connected to the American missile defense network," said John Pike, director of space policy at the Federation of American Scientists.
Text: Senator Helms Statement on Weapons Sales to Taiwan 18 April 2000 -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms condemned the U.S. Department of Defense's decision not to sell Taiwan most of the weaponry it requested for 2000 and depicted the Clinton Administration as attempting to pour old wine into new bottles.
Text: Senator Helms Statement on Taiwan Defense Requests Denial 17 April 2000 -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms issued a press release April 17 expressing extreme disappointment that the U.S. Department of Defense had decided against selling Aegis-class destroyers to Taiwan and had suggested delaying the sale of early-warning radars to the island.
TAIWAN WEAPONS Voice of America 17 April 2000 -- Missile expert John Pike of the private Federation of American Scientists says the ten-story-tall PAVE-PAWS would make Taiwan's existing Patriot missile defenses work much better.
TAIWAN SHOULD KEEP SILENT ON ARMS FROM US: ROC DEFENSE MINISTER (CNA Taiwan) 05 April 2000 -- Although earlier reports said the United States has agreed to provide Taiwan with the state-of-the-art Aegis warships, the latest news in Taiwan on Wednesday was that the United States has made a decision not to sell Taiwan any of the vessels this year.
DPP MAY NOT RULE OUT 'ONE CHINA' PRINCIPLE: PARTY CADRE
(CNA Taiwan) 03 April 2000 -- Hsiao Bi-khim, director of the DPP's International Affairs Department, said the DPP may not rule out the possibility of accepting Beijing's demands to rekindle talks under the "one China principle," but added that it first must gain a deeper understanding of the "one China" framework drafted by Beijing.
'ONE CHINA' DISPUTE RESULTS FROM LACK OF MUTUAL TRUST: AIT HEAD (CNA Taiwan) 02 April 2000 -- Richard Bush, head of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents US interests in lieu of official relations between the two countries, said Taiwan and mainland China should try to seek terms acceptable to both sides so as to restart bilateral talks.
Envoy Reaches Out to Beijing For Taiwanese
By John Pomfret Washington Post Saturday, April 1, 2000; Page A13 -- BEIJING, March 31 –– An American scientist who helped negotiate arms control treaties with the Soviet Union came to China tonight on a sensitive and unannounced trip to talk to Chinese leaders about Taiwan.
Two Chinese States By Jesse Helms
Washington Post March 31, 2000 -- The military balance of power of the past 20 years--when it was widely assumed that Taiwan had air superiority and could thereby thwart any attempted invasion or blockade by the mainland--is quickly shifting in Beijing's favor.
CHINA TAIWAN Voice of America 31 March 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen says Taiwan "has a very capable military" even though a top secret Pentagon report is critical of the island's defenses.
POST-ELECTION TAIWAN Voice of America 31 March 2000 -- Beijing continues to insist Taiwan is part of
China but not so loudly as during the presidential election campaign. After the pre-election build-up, tensions between China and Taiwan are back to normal.
CLINTON-CHINA Voice of America 29 March 2000 -- President Clinton has urged China and Taiwan
to renew their political dialogue in the aftermath of the Taiwanese presidential election March 18th
CONGRESS-TAIWAN Voice of America 28 March 2000 -- The U-S House of Representatives has passed
(418-1) a formal resolution congratulating the people of Taiwan on their recent election of President Chen Shui-bian (Schway-bien).
Text: Senate Approves March 28 Resolution on Taiwan Elections 28 March 2000 -- The Senate's leading Republican, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and Democratic Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware urged their Senate colleagues March 28 to pass a resolution praising the successful democratic elections held in Taiwan ten days earlier.
Text: Lawmakers Praise Taiwan Elections in March 28 Vote 28 March 2000 -- A broad spectrum of Congress March 28 rose to support a House resolution that praised the democratic elections in Taiwan ten days earlier, and criticized Beijing for threatening to use force against Taiwan. By an overwhelming 418-1, the lawmakers passed House Concurrent
A SEA OF DANGER SURROUNDS TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 27 March 2000 -- Communist China still lacks the amphibious capability and long-range aircraft needed to mount a successful invasion of Taiwan, though it could take the offshore islands of Matsu and Quemoy.
TAIWAN - POLITICS Voice of America 24 March 2000 -- Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui has officially resigned his post as leader of the island's ruling Nationalist party.
CHINA AND TAIWAN Voice of America 24 March 2000 -- The People's Republic of China had denounced
President-elect Chen's candidacy, suggesting that if he won, war might result. Mr. Chen's party has advocated independence for Taiwan. Since the
election, both sides have tempered their rhetoric, but the future of Taiwan-China relations remains unclear.
MAINLAND CHINESE FISHING VESSELS MASSING OFF MATSU ISLANDS [CNA Taiwan] 24 March 2000 -- Mainland Chinese iron-hulled fishing vessels have been reported to be massing in the waters off Tungyin, one of the Republic of China-controlled outlying Matsu Islands, causing concern among island residents.
SEN. MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS CHEN VISIT TO US [CNA Taiwan] 23 March 2000 -- Senator Frank Murkowski on Wednesday expressed support for Republic of China President-elect Chen Shui-bian to visit the United States before he is sworn in.
Chen moving too fast, scholar says Liberty Times March 23, 2000 -- Since emerging victorious in the recent presidential election, the Democratic Progressive Party's Chen Shui-bian has been seeking to calm fears that his pro-independence leanings will lead to cross-strait instability. So eagerly has Chen been pushing this point that some scholars warn that he may be going too far.
DPP independence proposal shelved Taipei Times March 23, 2000 -- A controversial proposal to reform the DPP's independence platform was swept back quietly under the carpet yesterday by the party's Central Executive Committee, which sent it to the policy research department for further review.
US - TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 23 March 2000 -- Critics say the United States should make clear it would come to Taiwan's defense if the island came under attack by Beijing - in his words, replace the policy of `strategic ambiguity' with `strategic clarity'.
CHINA-TAIWAN-US Voice of America 23 March 2000 -- China has declared its opposition to a suggestion that Taiwanese president-elect Chen Shui-bian visit the United States before his inauguration next May.
TAIWAN / POLITICS Voice of America 23 March 2000 -- Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui has decided to quit as leader of the island's ruling Nationalist party.
TAIWAN - CHINA Voice of America 22 March 2000 -- The party of Taiwan's newly elected president, Chen Shui-bian is meeting Wednesday to discuss dropping its long-standing support for independence from China.
TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- In a gesture to China, Taiwan's parliament has voted to modify a 50-year-old ban on direct trade and transportation links between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
TAIWAN'S ELECTIONS Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- For many years, Mr. Chen and his Democratic Progressive Party called for independence from the mainland. But the president-elect, who will take office on May 20, has recently moderated his position, saying that no declaration of independence is needed because Taiwan is already sovereign.
WASHINGTON POST: TAIWAN SHOULD BE FREE TO DECIDE ITS OWN FATE [CNA Taiwan] 20 March 2000 -- Increasingly, the newspaper concluded, "the question confronting the Clinton administration is how to keep the peace in a world where China seems more and more determined to divert attention from internal problems through international assertions."
Taiwan's military stays on 'heightened alert' Taiwan News March 20, 2000 -- A state of "heightened alert" announced by Taiwan's armed forces on the eve of the island's presidential election will continue indefinitely, the military said yesterday.
Prospects for cross-strait ties discussed United Daily News March 20, 2000 -- University of Maryland law Professor Chiu Hungdah believes that in the short term the mainland will wait to hear to what Chen says, and will be especially interested to see what he does. In particular, Beijing will be concerned to see that no moves are taken toward Taiwan independence.
THOUSANDS OF MAINLAND CHINESE FISHING BOATS BLOCKADING ROC ISLANDS [CNA Taiwan] 20 March 2000 -- Nearly one thousand mainland Chinese fishing boats have reportedly converged since Sunday on the Pratas Islands, a Republic of China-controlled outpost in the South China Sea. The spokesman disagreed with a report that over one hundred PLA air force jets have flown from the southern province of Guangdong to the neighboring province of Fujian.
CHEN'S TOP, URGENT PRIORITY IS TO DISPEL INDEPENDENCE WORRY: SCHOLAR [CNA Taiwan] 20 March 2000 -- Chen, against whom Beijing launched pre-election verbal assaults due to his pro-independence bent, risks leading the volatile cross-strait relations to new uncertainties if he does not act fast to defuse anxiety over the separatism advocated by the DPP.
TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 20 March 2000 --
Taiwan President-elect Chen Shui-bian has for the first time agreed to discuss with Chinese leaders China's insistence that Taiwan accept the idea that there is only one China.
TAIWAN / CHINA Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- For Mr. Chen to say he is willing to discuss the "one China" issue is a major change. The
president-elect backed away from his espousal of formal independence for Taiwan during the campaign -- saying the issue was moot because Taiwan is already independent anyway.
TAIWAN / ASIA MARKETS Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- Uncertainty dominated Taipei's stock market Monday, following the victory of opposition leader Chen Shui-bian. But while Taiwan's market suffered a two-point-six percent loss, other Asian markets were little affected by the election results.
TAIWAN ELECT - INTERNATIONAL REACT Voice of America 19 March 2000 -- Following Taiwan's presidential election, some countries are urging Taiwan and mainland China to resume their dialogue and contribute to regional stability.
TAIWAN DEMOS Voice of America 19 March 2000 -- Taiwanese riot police have clashed with thousands of angry demonstrators demanding President
Lee Teng-hui resign as party chairman of the long-ruling Nationalist Party.
CLINTON - TAIWAN Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- President Clinton is congratulating the winner of Taiwan's presidential election, Chen Shui-bian, who has in the past called for the island's independence from China.
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT March 18, 2000 -- During the election, all the candidates made clear their hope for restoration of constructive dialogue with the People's Republic of China. I believe the election provides a fresh opportunity for both sides to reach out and resolve their differences peacefully through dialogue.
PROFILE: CHEN SHUI-BIAN Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- Chen Shui-bian, who has just won election as Taiwan's president, is a one-time advocate of
independence for his island and a constant thorn in China's side.
TAIWAN - CHEN WINS Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- Chen said China and Taiwan have a common ancestry and can open a new era of peace through increased exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
TAIWAN - CHEN WINS Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- Opposition candidate Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party has been elected president of Taiwan.
TAIWAN VOTES Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- Most of the attention is on Mr. Chen, who is disliked by China for his past advocacy of formal independence for Taiwan. Even though he has moved away from that position, China has warned the island's voters not to choose him as their next president.
BIOGRAPHY OF CHEN SHUI-BIAN [CNA Taiwan] 18 March 2000 -- During his two terms as legislator from 1989-1994, Chen earned a reputation as an aggressive critic of the ruling Kuomintang, but was nevertheless elected convenor of National Defense Committee, a seat usually held by the ruling party.
NO ATTACK BY MAINLAND CHINA, NO TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE: CHEN [CNA Taiwan] 18 March 2000 -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian reiterated on Saturday said he will not promote a plebiscite to determine Taiwan's future if mainland China restrains itself from using force against Taiwan.
ALL QUIET IN TAIWAN STRAIT ON ELECTION DAY [CNA Taiwan] 18 March 2000 -- ROC armed forces are still on high alert and are closely monitoring any movement by mainland Chinese troops in case of any accidental events, the ministry's Office of Military Spokesman said.
Washington Post urges end to ambiguity March 17, 2000 -- In an opinion piece published yesterday, the Washington Post compares mainland Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to a "Mafia kingpin" because of his recent threats to Taiwan ahead of the island's presidential election. The article also advises the White House to clarify its stance on defending Taiwan.
Beijing's belligerence seen as sign of instability Liberty Times March 17, 2000 -- Lin Chung-pin, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council and a professor of political science at National Sun Yat-sen University, said yesterday that mainland Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji recent remarks about Taiwan could indicate instability within the Communist regime.
TAIWAN ELECTION-CHINA Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- Beijing stepped up its threats to the island after Taiwanese media reports indicated that Mr. Chen, of the Democratic Progressive Party -- or DPP -- has pulled ahead of his rivals in recent days.
TAIWAN ELECTION Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- Mr. Chen has picked up endorsements from the country's most respected scientist, several top businessmen and two former advisors of Nationalist President Lee Teng-hui. And the local news media now say he has pulled ahead of his rivals.
TAIWAN CANDIDATES Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- Mr. Chen's detractors call the 48-year-old farmer's son arrogant, chameleon-like (changeable) and a warmonger. His Democratic Progressive Party advocates formal independence from China, although he has taken a softer stance during the campaign.
TAIWAN GOES TO POLLS AMID SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY [CNA Taiwan] 17 March 2000 -- Alarmed at the prospect of a victory for Chen, mainland Chinese officials, from Premier Zhu Rongji on down, have in the past few days bombarded Taiwan with blunt ultimatums to choose war or peace, in an apparent attempt to scare voters away from Chen.
TAIWAN STEPS UP MILITARY ALERT BEFORE SATURDAY'S ELECTION [CNA Taiwan] 17 March 2000 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Friday that the military has stepped up its alert for any emergency that might arise before or after Saturday's presidential election, but has not heightened war preparedness.
TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- Taiwan's defense minister has ordered his troops to step up their vigilance following a second day of threats from China in the run-up to the island's presidential election.
TAIWAN YOUTH VOTE Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- In Taiwan, a generation that sees itself more Taiwanese than Chinese is coming of age. Many of
these young people want independence from Beijing and are supporting presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian and his pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.
MAINLAND POLICY A VITAL ISSUE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION [CNA Taiwan] 16 March 2000 -- DPP candidate Chen Shui-bian said in his campaign platform that Taiwan and mainland China should make more efforts to improve the strained cross-strait relations. The two sides should develop an institutionalized relationship, Chen suggested.
CHINA - TAIWAN ELECTION Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- In the past several weeks, Beijing has several times suggested that if reunification talks do not restart, or if there is any official pronouncement after the election of independence, China might try unification by force.
ZHU'S WARNING MOST SEVERE YET: KMT OFFICIAL [CNA Taiwan] 15 March 2000 -- Mainland Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji speech on cross strait issue was Beijing's most severe warning yet to Taiwan's independence advocates, a ruling Kuomintang official said on Wednesday.
SOONG PROMISES DIALOGUE WITH BEIJING IF ELECTED [CNA Taiwan] 15 March 2000 -- Independent presidential candidate James Soong reiterated on Wednesday his willingness to open dialogue with Beijing as a way of easing tension across the Taiwan Strait.
TAIWAN-CHINA Voice of America 15 March 2000 -- Taiwan has told Beijing to mind its own business concerning the island's upcoming election. The angry Taiwanese reply followed Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's warning to Taiwan's voters to shun pro-independence candidates when they head to the polls Saturday.
Admiral leans toward missile defense system for Taiwan PAMELA HESS United Press International March 15, 2000 -- Taiwan already owns the Patriot PAC-2 system, but it is not designed to be an anti-missile weapon, according to John Pike, a senior analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based Federation of American Scientists.
TAIWAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN Voice of America 15 March 2000 -- The three-man horse race involves Vice-President Lien Chan of the ruling Nationalist Party,
Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party, and James Soong - a former Nationalist stalwart
running as an independent.
TAIWAN ELECTION SCENESETTER Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- Opposition standard-bearer Chen Shui-bian appears to be building enough momentum to pull ahead of his rivals.
US EXPERT WARNS OF CONFLICT IN TAIWAN STRAIT [CNA Taiwan] 13 March 2000 -- "(Mainland Chinese) President Jiang Zemin has declared in recent months that he intends to make reunification of the motherland his legacy" and "senior Chinese military officials now speak openly about a 'fixed timetable' for reunification," Kagan said in a column in Sunday's Washington Post.
NAVY TO RESTORE ORDER FOR 8TH PERRY-CLASS FRIGATE [CNA Taiwan] 13 March 2000 -- The China Shipbuilding Corp. (CSBC) is preparing to resume construction of an eighth Perry-class frigate for the Republic of China Navy after the order was put on hold for two years.
MAC Vice Chairman Chong-Pin Lin March 10, 2000 Press Conference -- Psychological warfare, closely related to high-tech warfare, focuses on the manipulation of media. During mid-July 1999 to mid-February 2000, there were 173 times of the Hong Kong media reported or printed news and analyzed the PRC’s possible military actions against Taiwan, with a total of 259 story items.
COLUMNIST URGES US SALE OF DEFENSIVE WEAPONS TO TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 09 March 2000 -- Paul Greenberg urged the United States government to provide Taiwan with the new defensive weapons it needs to deter a Communist Chinese invasion, saying that "an ounce of deterrence now might prevent a world of aggression later."
COHEN / TAIWAN Voice of America 09 March 2000 -- U-S Defense Secretary William Cohen says the current tensions between Taiwan and China are not likely to escalate into major military actions.
CHINA-US-TAIWAN Voice of America 09 March 2000 -- China says it is deeply concerned over reports that the United States is prepared to sell 162 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles and equipment needed to upgrade an aging radar system to Taiwan.
TAIWAN / ELECTION Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- With Taiwan's presidential election less than two weeks away, polls show the main candidates in a virtual three-way tie.
US REACTED FIRMLY TO BEIJING'S WHITE PAPER: US OFFICIAL [CNA Taiwan] 08 March 2000 -- A senior US Defense Department official said on Tuesday that the US has responded with the firmest possible commitment to the challenge of Beijing's white paper on Taiwan, in order to preserve peace and stability.
DEFENSE MINISTER INSPECTS KINMEN AMID BEIJING'S BELLIGERENT RHETORIC [CNA Taiwan] 07 March 2000 -- Barring unexpected developments, Tang also said, the military is unlikely to deploy more troops in Kinmen. Tang said there is no difference between the front and the rear in modern warfare as the enemy can now launch its first attack from any point.
PUNISHING CHINA FOR THREATS FALLS TO US CONGRESS: EDITORIAL [CNA Taiwan] 07 March 2000 -- Since the Clinton administration is helpless to prevent cross-strait military conflict because of its engagement policy, it will fall to Congress to punish Beijing for its latest threat against Taiwan, beginning with the passage of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act.
TAIWAN ISSUE IS NOT AN INTERNAL ISSUE OF CHINA, SAYS EX-CANDIDATE [CNA Taiwan] 06 March 2000 -- Peng said that both the KMT and DPP claim that the Republic of China on Taiwan is an independent nation having its own sovereignty, and that there is no need for Taiwan to declare independence, nor is it necessary to include independence in the Constitution.
LIEN CALLS FOR NEW APPROACH IN HANDLING CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS [CNA Taiwan] 06 March 2000 -- Dispelling speculation that he would toe President Lee's line, Lien reaffirmed that he will pursue his own path, stressing that if elected, he will "have the full responsibility and power" to handle top policy issues concerning national security and the welfare of the people.
POLLS FIND PRESIDENTIAL RACE REMAINS TIGHT CNA-Taiwan 05 March 2000 -- Two new public opinion polls have found that the ongoing presidential race remain very tight, with the three leading candidates still running neck-and-neck.
McCAIN WARNS CHINA OF CONSEQUENCES IF IT INVADES TAIWAN CNA-Taiwan 04 March 2000 -- US Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) warned Communist China Friday against its latest threat to invade Taiwan, saying Beijing would face consequences far greater than anything they might gain from such an action.
TAIWAN KEEPS MUM OVER US ARM SALES CNA-Taiwan 03 March 2000 -- Taipei kept mum on Friday over reports that Washington is inclined to reject Taiwan's offer to buy four US warships. US Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott urged US President Bill Clinton on Thursday to give Taiwan ground- and sea-based early-warning radar equipment.
TAIWAN / U-S Voice of America 03 March 2000 -- Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Stanley Roth says the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act would be destabilizing.
TAIWAN SECURITY / U-S Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- Already tense relations between Taiwan and China could be strained further as a result of a decision expected soon on United States weapons sales to the island.
US TO SELL TAIWAN DATA LINKS FOR 2ND-GENERATION WARPLANES CNA-Taiwan 02 March 2000 -- United States will approve Taiwan's request to purchase three additional upgraded Patriot missile systems for deployment in central and southern parts of the island. The ROC has already purchased three sets of Patriot PAC-2 Plus anti-missile systems, which have been deployed in densely populated northern Taiwan. The United States is also expected to endorse sales of long-range early warning radar systems.
Arms requests test for US policy China Times 02 March 2000 -- Debate is continuing within the Clinton administration on the sale of Aegis-equipped warships to Taiwan, but it now seems likely that the U.S. president will reject the sale. Even if the U.S. approves the Aegis sale, delivery of the first ship would not occur for five years, while it would be several more years before ROC navy personnel would be able to handle the equipment properly.
'One China' vs. 'two states' The China Post 02 March 2000 -- Both governments decided to conveniently avoid the touchy issue of recognizing each other's authority by agreeing that each side would be allowed to issue its own definition of what "one China" meant, effectively agreeing to disagree on the subject so that practical talks could proceed. Each side originally agreed to let the other define "one China" as it pleased.
Lien sees no policy conflict with Lee The China Post 01 March 2000 -- Vice President Lien Chan said yesterday his proposed return to the "one China" principle does not clash with the "special state-to-state" claim in addressing the sovereignty row with Beijing. Critics have nevertheless questioned Lien's sincerity to continue Lee's legacy, citing as evidence the fact that he employs several strategists known for their criticism of Lee.
A consequence of the PRC military threat The China Post 01 March 2000 -- Lien's recent announcement that he, if elected, will be willing to return to a 1992 tacit agreement Taipei reached with Beijing. This agreement requires both Taipei and Beijing to adhere to a one-China principle, but it allows each side the freedom to state its own perception of China.
'One-China' and international law, United Daily News, 01 March 2000 -- Commentary by Hungdah Chiu, member of the ROC's National Unification Council and president of the International Law Association, on the White Paper "The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue" publ;ished by the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS Free China Review VOL.50 NO.3 - March 2000
US expected to sell Aegis ships
February 29, 2000 -- Eleven Jan, a senior editor at the Defense Technology Monthly magazine, expressed doubts that conscripts, who make up the bulk of Taiwan's armed forces, could properly operate the sophisticated Aegis technology.
MAC, Lee respond to white paper News reports February 29, 2000 --Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council Su Chi formally responded to Beijing's latest Taiwan white paper on Friday, saying that the mainland was attempting to interfere in the upcoming presidential election, and that by threatening to use force Beijing was actually damaging prospects for unification.
US MUST SUPPORT TAIWAN'S DEFENSE: US POLICY ANALYST Feb. 28 (CNA) The Clinton administration could mollify history's potentially harsh judgment by selling Taiwan the AEGIS naval defense system, the AMRAAM anti-aircraft missile and starting a crash program to build lasers capable of dealing with the missile threat to Taiwan.
Mainland China throws its weight around 27 February 2000 -- China is trying to influence Taiwan's presidential election. Confirmation of this came from the director of mainland China 's Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Mingqing, in an interview with Japan's NHK radio. Zhang's message was simple: Elect the DPP's Chen Shui-bian and cross-strait relations won't improve.
Three leading candidates stress sovereignty of island Taiwan News 25 February 2000 -- Taiwan's presidential candidates promised to hold cross-strait peace talks if elected, but said they will not be forced into negotiations by Beijing's strong-arm tactics. James Soong, Chen Shui-bian and Lien Chan all stressed the sovereignty of the nationalist island and said Beijing's intimidation would only provoke disdain among Taiwan's population.
Statement on Mainland China's White PaperMainland Affairs Council February 25, 2000 -- The mainland policy of the ROC government has consistently been based on the respect for separate rule of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. Through dialogues and exchanges, the ROC government has gradually promoted the normalization of cross-Strait relations in order to maintain the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and enhance the cross-Strait reconciliation step by step.
Playing the stability card By Myra Lu -- Free China Review 02/25/2000 -- Chen stressed Taiwan sovereignty while describing cross-strait affairs as "special relations between two countries." Chen will push for normalization of relations with the mainland.
Statement on mainland China's White Paper Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan Republic of China February 25, 2000 -- We must solemnly point out that the ROC government will by no means agree with the PRC's unilateral definition of "one China". The ROC has always been an independent sovereign state. This fact will not be changed by the issuing of a mere "white paper". If China is unified, why does the unification issue still exist? If China is one, why bother to mention "one China"?
MAC Vice Chairman Chong-Pin Lin February 25, 2000 Press Conference -- The ROC government has never betrayed the scope of “one China should be subject to interpreted respectively by each side.” However, Beijing has set aside this agreement in three steps. First, it restricted the agreement for only cross-strait relations, not foreign affairs. Second, the agreement, at the PRC’s insistence, should be limited to cross-strait practical issues, not political talks. Third, the PRC categorically denied the agreement.
MAC Chairman Su Chi February 25, 2000 Press Conference -- The consensus that “one China interpreted respectively by each side” is not something that came out of the blue. It was adopted in 1992. The agreement successfully gave rise to the subsequent talks. The PRC's views on the 1992 agreement now differ widely from our views. The PRC’s "one-China principle" is that “Taiwan is a local authority, and the Republic of China no longer exists.” For the past five decades, the PRC has treated us as a local area. We used to treat Mainland China as a rebel group. The so-called "time element" is the third "if" of its three conditions in White Paper, which is very unfriendly in our view. A timetable (for unification) does not contribute to cross-strait relations. Either the year 2007 or 2010 is a speculation by the media. We won't comment on that.
Taiwan, U.S. officials silent on aircraft carrier moves [CHINA NEWS] 25 February 2000 -- U.S. Defense Department said yesterday that the sailing of the USS Kitty Hawk from its home port of Yokosuka in Japan is related to a planned military maneuver and has nothing to do with Taiwan's presidential election.
US REJECTS BEIJING'S THREAT OF FORCE AGAINST TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 23 February 2000 -- The United States government stressed Tuesday that it rejects any use of force or any threat of force in resolving the Taiwan issue, saying Communist China's latest threat is "counterproductive and unhelpful," but added that there is no consideration being given to a change in the US policy on Taiwan.
HELMS ATTACKS PRC AND CLINTON ADMINISTRATION [CNA Taiwan] 23 February 2000 -- Veteran US Senator Jesse Helms on Tuesday blasted Beijing over its white paper on the Taiwan issue and criticized the White House for its lukewarm attitude toward Taiwan's defense.
SCHOLAR INTERPRETS BEIJING'S WHITE PAPER ON TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 22 February 2000 -- Though Beijing has in the past repeatedly said it would use force if Taiwan is invaded by a foreign force, proclaims independence or is troubled by internal chaos, this marks the first time mainland China has stated so clearly that if Taiwan authorities indefinitely refuse to peacefully settle the reunification issue, Beijing would be forced to adopt all possible "drastic measures," including military force.
SOONG: TAIWAN WON'T BOW TO BEIJING'S THREAT [CNA Taiwan] 22 February 2000 -- Independent presidential hopeful James Soong on Tuesday criticized Beijing for issuing a new warning to Taiwan, and said that Taiwan would never sit down at the negotiation table under threat.
TAIWAN / CHINA-UPDATE Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- In the face of new threats from China, Taiwan on Tuesday defiantly insisted it should be declared an independent state.
U-S - TAIWAN ELECTION Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- Many American analysts believe Beijing issued its White Paper at this time to send a message to the candidates as well as the voters in Taiwan's March 18th
MND DENIES DISCLOSURE OF INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS [CNA Taiwan] 21 February 2000 -- Chinese Maj. Gen. Liu Liankun, his unnamed mistress, and Senior Col. Shao Zhengzhong were executed in mainland China last September on charges of spying for Taiwan. Liu was charged with tipping off Taiwan that missiles fired by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) near the island on March 8, 1996 as part of its live-fire war games carried only dummy warheads.
US LIKELY TO INTERVENE IN CHINESE ATTACK ON TAIWAN: SPECIALIST [CNA Taiwan] 19 February 2000 -- Martin L. Lasater, an independent scholar affiliated with the Asian Pacific program of the Washington-based Atlantic Council, warned that the United States is unlikely to help defend Taiwan if Taipei deliberately precipitates a crisis in the Taiwan Straits to gain US support for independence.
TAIWAN WARNED AGAINST POSSIBLE `INFORMATION WAR' BY CHINA [CNA Taiwan] 19 February 2000 -- Beijing, based on the principle of taking Taiwan in a single strike, could employ its advanced information technology edge to intercept Taiwan's strategic information and interfere with its weaponry and warfare systems.
MAC Vice Chairman Chong-Pin Lin February 18, 2000 Press Conference - Subjects: DPP legislators’ draft bill; Lien’s 10-point proposal; Elementary school for children of Taiwan businessmen on the Mainland.
TAIWAN POLITICS Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- Taiwan's Vice President Lien Chan says if he wins the island's upcoming presidential election, he would be willing to enter into official talks with China and ease long-standing trade restrictions.
KMT CANDIDATE UNVEILS CAMPAIGN PLATFORM FOR CROSS-STRAIT TIES [CNA Taiwan] 17 February 2000 -- Ruling Kuomintang presidential candidate Lien Chan unveiled his campaign platform for relations across the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, promising to catapult cross-strait ties into a "medium range" stage if he manages to win presidency.
WASHINGTON ISN'T EXCLUDING TAIWAN FROM TMD: US OFFICIAL [CNA Taiwan] 17 February 2000 -- Holum did, however, state that the United States has not ruled out the possibility of including Taiwan in the TMD system which focuses on intercepting high-altitude missiles. "We have not ruled that out," he said.
TSEA 'could backfire' for Taiwan : Taipei Times 14 February 2000 -- Senate approval of the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TESA) would prevent mainland China's possible interference in Taiwan's presidential election next month, analysts here said that such a move could backfire and heighten cross-strait tensions.
MOJIB HEAD ADMITS INFILTRATION BY PRC SPIES [CNA Taiwan] 14 February 2000 -- The head of the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MOJIB) on Monday admitted that mainland Chinese spies have infiltrated Taiwan and conducted intelligence work here. Wang disclosed that a total of 376 mainlanders were expelled over the past three years after being found to have carried out undercover intelligence work in Taiwan.
POLL SHOWS SOONG, CHEN NECK AND NECK IN RACE FOR PRESIDENCY [CNA Taiwan] 13 February 2000 -- Chen Shui-bian, the candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was favored by 26.1 percent of those surveyed. James Soong commanded the support of 25.7 percent of respondents. The ruling Kuomintang's candidate Lien Chan came in third place with 20.3 percent of respondents' support, while the New Party's Li Ao and the other independent Hsu Hsin-liang brought up the rear with 1.5 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.
US INTERESTS BETTER SERVED BY TSEA: ANALYST [CNA Taiwan] 12 February 2000 -- By voting before Taiwan's forthcoming presidential election, the Senate assures Taiwan's people that mainland China's military coercion will not be unnoticed or unchecked by the United States, said Stephen Yates of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation in an analysis titled "Time to Act on Taiwan's Security."
New PRC destroyer passes without incident Taiwan News February 12, 2000 -- Mainland Affairs Council Spokesman Lin Chong-pin told reporters that "building a democracy, not buying new warships, is the best way for mainland China to speed up reunification with Taiwan. Our elections will be far more powerful than any modern destroyers the mainland acquires... Democracy is the world trend, and we believe time is on our side," Lin said.
NAVAL DESTROYERS STRAIT PASSAGE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ELECTIONS: MAC [CNA Taiwan] 11 February 2000 -- The reported passage of two new mainland Chinese destroyers through the Taiwan Strait during the early morning hours of Saturday has nothing to do with Taiwan's presidential election scheduled for March 18, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said on Friday.
MAC Vice Chairman Chong-Pin Lin February 11, 2000 Press Conference -- Chinese views on Taiwan’s presidential election; Taiwan’s dependence on the Mainland market; delivery of Russian destroyers to PRC; ROC representative to Hong Kong.
MAINLAND WARSHIP SCHEDULED TO PASS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT [CNA Taiwan] 10 February 2000 -- The reported passage in the coming days of a mainland Chinese warship through the Taiwan Strait is an attempt at psychologically intimidating Taiwan, said an official in charge of mainland affairs on Thursday.
Don't rely on US, Li Ao says United Daily News 10 February 2000 - New Party presidential candidate Li Ao said yesterday that Taiwan cannot place its fate in the hands of the Americans, because the United States is not reliable, and could sell Taiwan out for the sake of its own interests. Li also described the Theater Missile Defense (TMD) initiative as inappropriate.
U-S-TAIWAN SECURITY Voice of America 03 February 2000 -- Congressional Republicans accuse the Clinton Administration of neglecting the commitment to Taiwan. Their bill would, for the first time, set up direct military to military communications with the island and give Congress more of a say in what U-S weapons systems can be sold to Taiwan.
TAWIAN - CHINA Voice of America 03 February 2000 -- Taiwan's official opposition party is hailing the U-S House of Representatives passage of the Taiwan Enhancement Act.
TAIWAN - CHINA- CIA Voice of America 03 February 2000 -- The head of the Central Intelligence Agency says growing tensions between Taiwan and China could spark another military "flare up" in the next few months.
Taiwan politicians hail Security Act vote China Times February 3, 2000 -- Monday's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA) has been welcomed by members of the ruling Kuomintang and the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, but criticized by the minority New Party's vice presidential candidate.
CLINTON-TAIWAN Voice of America 02 February 2000 -- The White House has served notice that President Clinton intends to veto, if necessary, a bill before Congress strengthening U-S military ties with Taiwan.
TAIWAN - ELECTION Voice of America 02 February 2000 -- Concerns are mounting in Taiwan that China may try to intimidate the island province before its March 18th presidential election.
CHINA / U-S / TAIWAN Voice of America 02 February 2000 -- China has summoned the U-S ambassador to complain about the approval of legislation in the House of Representatives that would strengthen U-S military ties with Taiwan.
US House passes Taiwan security law Taiwan Headlines Wednesday, February 2, 2000 -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday (Washington time) to pass the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA), a controversial law which would expand military ties between Taiwan and the United States. The bill received the backing of 341 lawmakers, including 140 Democrats and one independent.
Tang says low-level missile defense needed Taiwan Headlines Wednesday, February 2, 2000 -- Minister of National Defense Tang Fei said Tuesday that Taiwan needs to build its own low-level missile defense to protect itself from mainland China's missile deployments.
US REPORTEDLY TO SELL ANTI-SUB PLANES, MISSILES TO TAIWAN (CNA-Taiwan) 01 February 2000 -- Taiwan's request to acquire four AEGIS radar systems has caused a fierce debate within the Clinton Administration. The Pentagon agrees with the sales and the National Security Council and State Department officials object to the proposal.
CONGRESS-CHINA-TAIWAN Voice of America 01 February 2000 -- In a solid bipartisan vote (341 to 70), House members passed a bill to strengthen contacts, training and communication with the Taiwanese military.
TAIWAN ARMS Voice of America 01 February 2000 -- Taiwan media are quoting military sources as saying the island wants to purchase a long range radar system from the United States. The system would be able to detect threats as far as 3000 kilometers, covering all of China.
Text: Gilman on Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, H.R. 1838 USIA 1 February 2000 -- Scorning what he termed Beijing's "thuggish attempts at intimidation," Representative Benjamin A. Gilman (Republican of New York), exulted in a sweeping bipartisan 341 to 70 vote in favor of H.R. 1838 -- the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act -- in the U.S. House of Representatives February 1.
US Congress revives Taiwan Security bill Taiwan Headlines January 31, 2000 -- Even if the TSEA does receive approval from both the House and the Senate, it is still likely to be vetoed by U.S. President Bill Clinton. The bill was passed by the House's International Relations Committee last October after some of the most controversial provisions were deleted.
MAC official rejects Qian's statement Taiwan Headlines January 31, 2000 -- A senior official from the Mainland Affairs Council on Saturday rejected remarks made Friday by PRC Vice Premier Qian Qichen on the issue of unification between Taiwan and mainland China.
CHEN'S 'SEVEN-POINT' STATEMENT CALLED AMBIGUOUS (CNA-Taiwan) 31 January 2000 -- A recent statement on cross-Taiwan Strait issues made by the Democratic Progressive Party's presidential candidate Chen Shiu-bian is too ambiguous to effectively resolve bilateral disputes, said independent presidential hopeful Hsu Hsin-liang on Monday.
Chen: No independence unless PRC attacks Taiwan Headlines January 31, 2000 -- Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian said on Sunday that Taiwan will not declare independence unless it came under military attack from mainland China.
Beijing warns independence means war Taiwan News January 29, 2000 -- "China is getting harsher than five years ago in its Taiwan policy," said Chang Jung-kung, the Kuomintang's top official handing mainland affairs, referring to the warning that a declaration of independence would mean war.
ROC PLANS TO ACQUIRE 6 MORE PATRIOT MISSILE SYSTEMS (CNA-Taiwan) 28 January 2000 -- In order to build up its national defense capability, the Republic of China plans to acquire six more US-made Patriot antiballistic-missile systems to be installed in central and southern Taiwan.
DPP PURSUES 'GENUINE STABILITY' FOR TAIWAN: CHEN SHUI-BIAN (CNA-Taiwan) 18 January 2000 -- Chen Shui-bian, presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, on Tuesday urged the ruling Kuomintang not to take rash action to create tension in the Taiwan Strait in the run-up to the March 18 presidential election.
PRESIDENT DEFENDS `SPECIAL STATE-TO-STATE' THEORY (CNA-Taiwan) 17 January 2000 -- President Lee Teng-hui strongly defended his definition of relations across the Taiwan Strait as a "special state-to-state relationship" on Monday, and urged the international community to understand the Republic of China's basic stance.
TAIWAN SPIES UNTOUCHED SINCE 1997, SAYS REPORT (CNA-Taiwan) 17 January 2000 -- Beijing and Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region government did not want to upset relations with Taiwan or prospects for "one country, two systems" by rounding up agents who could also act as a channel for communicating with Taipei.
DESTROYER NANYANG DECOMMISSIONED (CNA-Taiwan) 16 January 2000 -- The destroyer Nanyang was decommissioned on Sunday at the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung after having served 25 years in the Republic of China Navy.
US POLICY SAID TO BE ENCOURAGING CHINA'S BOLDNESS (CNA-Taiwan) 14 January 2000 -- Unless changes are made in the United States' China policy, sometime in the next decade an American president will witness either an internal upheaval in mainland China or an attempt by Beijing to take Taiwan, and the former will very likely lead to the latter.
ROC AIR FORCE TAKES DELIVERY OF LAST IDF FIGHTER (CNA-Taiwan) 14 January 2000 -- The ROC Air Force took delivery of the last of 130 locally developed defense fighters on Friday. The military has formed two IDF wings which are deployed at the Taichung and Tainan air bases.
DoD News Briefing Thursday, January 13, 2000 -- Taiwanese have deployed Chaparral missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea. They've had Chaparral missiles for a long while.
MAINLAND CHINESE MILITARY MOVEMENTS ONLY ROUTINE: MND [CNA Taiwan] 11 January 2000 -- China's military usually conducts routine training for its new conscripts every year during the January-March period and will upgrade military alert in the lead-up to the Chinese lunar new year festival which falls on Feb. 4 this year.
MND DENIES US SCIENTIST SPIED FOR TAIWAN [CNA Taiwan] 11 January 2000 -- ) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Tuesday denied categorically that Taiwan-born US scientist Wen Ho Lee, who is alleged to have spied for mainland China, had been hired by a Taiwan military research institute as an adviser.
GAP OF SUPPORT RATINGS OF 3 FRONT-RUNNERS NARROWING: POLL [CNA Taiwan] 09 January 2000 -- 24 percent of the respondents said they would vote for opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Chen Shui-bian; 23 percent said they would opt for independent contender James Soong; and 22 percent threw support behind KMT's Lien.
US SAID SET TO SELL 4 AEGIS WARSHIPS TO TAIWAN FOR TMD [CNA Taiwan] 09 January 2000 -- The United States has reportedly agreed to sell four Berker Class Guided Missile AEGIS warships equipped with a new theater missile defense system (TMD) for naval use to Taiwan, a senior adviser to the Republic of China President said on Sunday.
SOONG, CHEN NECK AND NECK, LIEN TRAILING: POLL [CNA Taiwan] 08 January 2000 -- Independent presidential contender James Soong and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Chen Shui-bian are neck and neck while Kuomintang candidate Lien Chan still trails in support ratings.
ROC ARMY TO ACQUIRE CH-47SD HELICOPTERS FROM US [CNA Taiwan] 06 January 2000 -- The purchase of nine American-made CH-47SD Chinook helicopters from the United States will greatly augment the transportation capability of the Republic of China Army.
TAIWAN WILL NOT DEVELOP NUCLEAR ARMS: DEFENSE MINISTER [CNA Taiwan] 05 January 2000 -- The issue was suddenly a hot topic because of former Premier Hau Pei-tsun's disclosure in his soon-to-be published "Diary of Eight Years as Chief of the General Staff" that Taiwan was capable of producing nuclear weapons 14 years ago.