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U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has won a $32.9 million contract modification for logistics support to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising program, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on January 14. “This modification provides for contractor logistics support, repair and return and diminishing manufacturing source management services for Taiwan F-16s Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar,” the DoD stated. “Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Taiwan, and is...

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AIPEI (Reuters) – A U.S. warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the island’s defence ministry said, less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China which claims the island. The ship sailed in a northerly direction through the sensitive waterway and Taiwan’s armed forces monitored it throughout, the ministry said in a brief statement on Friday, describing the sailing as...

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The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland of reunifying with the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday. The DPP and Taiwan secessionist forces should reflect on why voices are increasing for military force among mainland residents in recent years, Ma Xiaoguang said at a press conference on Wednesday. Chinese mainland...

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For many years, China’s propaganda outlets have broadcast videos of military units attacking Taiwan. Even in peacetime, viewers across China (and Taiwan) are routinely exposed to images of unprovoked violence. In one such media clip, Chinese tanks and soldiers practiced storming a large mock-up of the Presidential Office in Taipei. … Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media scare tactics have been accompanied by a massive military buildup. They are given further credibility by Chairman Xi Jinping...

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Concerns are building in both Taipei and in the US — the unofficial guarantor of the island’s security — that China could be moving closer to launching the attack which it has been threatening for 70 years. “Militarily, the other side has been doing [its] homework for a couple of decades. The threat is real,” says Enoch Wu, a Taiwanese former special forces officer who is running for parliament in Saturday’s election. “The [People’s Liberation...

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… Reports suggest that the decision by the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) to provide a preliminary analysis of the cause of the fatal incident has raised the ire of Ministry of National Defense (MND) officials. The ministry even reportedly vowed legal action against the individuals who were responsible for leaking the information to the public, wrote Liberty Times. Citing the TTSB, CNA reported on Saturday (Jan. 4) that mechanical failure and turbulence could be...

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Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) Based on information recovered from the crashed UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter’s two flight data recorders, the cause of the crash was unlikely related to mechanical failure or weather factors, a Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) official said Saturday. Based on a preliminary investigation by the TTSB, the official told reporters that mechanical fault could be 80 percent ruled out as the likely cause of the crash, while the weather, including elements...

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Military officers who were killed in a helicopter crash on Thursday are to be posthumously given decorations for their service to the nation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday at a top-level military and national security meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei. … Tsai then announced that Shen had been posthumously promoted from a three-star general to a four-star general, as well as awarded the Order of Blue Sky and White Sun with Grand...

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… Q: Regarding the Taiwan issue, I’ve heard that, in an analysis, the Xi administration predicts that the United States would not intervene in a Taiwan crisis to avoid a full-scale war. What is your take on that? A: I think that’s a very grave mistake if that’s the way that the Chinese leadership is thinking about it. I think the U.S. policy has been reiterated a number of times in this administration. If anything,...

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… In the annual Preventive Priorities Survey released by the New York-based the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action (CPA), American foreign policy experts assessed the likelihood and impact of 30 potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate next year. The CPA then categorized the scenarios in three tiers — high, moderate, and low — in order of priority for U.S. leaders. One of the 30 contingencies identified was “a crisis between the...