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WHITE TERROR GHOSTS: Ministry apologizes over controversy

MORE INVESTIGATIONS:Military police posed as buyers to visit the home of a man suspected of selling White Terror-era documents, but reportedly ‘did not search it’

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 08, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday issued a public apology over the

Military Police Command Chief of Staff Feng Yi, right, yesterday speaks at a news conference at the Ministry of Defense in Taipei. Photo: CNA

Military Police Command Chief of Staff Feng Yi, right, yesterday speaks at a news conference at the Ministry of Defense in Taipei. Photo: CNA

controversy caused by military police going to a civilian’s home in connection with an investigation into the alleged online sale of classified government documents related to the White Terror era.

“The Ministry of National Defense would like to deeply apologize to the public for the concerns and uproar that the case has caused,” Political Warfare Bureau Director Wen Chen-kuo (聞振國) said during a morning news conference at the ministry. “We would also like to urge the public to discuss the matter rationally and objectively, so that the focus of the issue is not blurred.”

The ministry would ask the Control Yuan to investigate whether its Security Division or the Taipei Military Police made any administrative mistakes, and prosecutors have also been asked to investigate the matter, he said.

“There is a difference between having a document as part of a personal collection and putting it up for public auction,” Wen said. “Selling classified documents from the government’s archives could jeopardize national security and contravene the law.”     [FULL  STORY]

MND raises questions over search without warrant allegation

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-03-07
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) apologized on Monday over the 6739697disturbance caused by a woman’s post on a social website alleging the military police had conducted a search at her father’s place without a warrant, but the ministry also issued a six-point statement asking the authorities to investigate the truth and whether the military had mishandled the case.

According to media reports, a woman surnamed Wei said on the PTT (http://webptt.com/), a social website, that military police had come to her father’s place, searched without warrant for documents related to the White Terror that her father had collected, and drove him away to a room for interrogation.

The White Terror refers to the period from 1947 to 1987, when thousands of Taiwanese were imprisoned or executed for their real or perceived opposition to the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) government led by Chiang Kai-shek.     [FULL  STORY]

Fire breaks out on LaFayette frigate

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/01
By: Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) A fire broke out in the rear master cabin of a 201602010032t0001LaFayette-class frigate conducting a trial run in waters off Zuoying, with one officer suffering mild burns on his arms.

The petty officer first class surnamed Chen was sent to a hospital for treatment and was said to be in stable condition.

The Navy said the crew put out the fire in line with standard operation procedures, and no major equipment or sections of the ship were reported damaged after initial examinations.

The Navy said it was investigating the cause of the fire and has also asked to step up inspections and damage prevention measures for other ships in Taiwan’s LaFayette fleet.     [FULL  STORY]

Funeral held for air force pilot killed in Arizona

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 01, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The ashes of a Republic of China (ROC) Air Force pilot, who died in a

Honor guards at Chiayi Air Force Base in Chiayi County yesterday carry the ashes of Republic of China Air Force Major Kao Ting-cheng. Photo: CNA

Honor guards at Chiayi Air Force Base in Chiayi County yesterday carry the ashes of Republic of China Air Force Major Kao Ting-cheng. Photo: CNA

F-16 jet crash in the US state of Arizona on Jan. 21, was sent yesterday to Taiwan’s Chiayi Air Force Base, where a funeral is scheduled for him.

Major Kao Ting-cheng’s (高鼎程) family arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from the US carrying Kao’s ashes, while Air Force Commander General Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), members of the air force honor guards and Kao’s classmates received the family at the apron.

Kao’s ashes were then sent to the Chiayi Air Force Base, where a funeral was scheduled for about noon yesterday.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese fighter pilot dies training in the US

LIVING HIS DREAM:Against his father’s wishes, Kao Ting-cheng entered the air force, and became a good enough pilot to be offered a training program in the US

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 23, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter, with CNA, and AP, BAGDAD, Arizona

Air Force Command Headquarters yesterday confirmed that Taiwanese pilot

Air Force Major Kao Ting-cheng, found dead after crashing during training in the US, is pictured in uniform in an undated photograph. Photo: Copy by Cheng Hung-ta, Taipei Times

Air Force Major Kao Ting-cheng, found dead after crashing during training in the US, is pictured in uniform in an undated photograph. Photo: Copy by Cheng Hung-ta, Taipei Times

Major Kao Ting-cheng (高鼎程) has been found dead after his F-16 fighter jet crashed at a training base in the US state of Arizona.

The jet fighter crashed during a routine training mission at 9am on Thursday, a statement issued by Air Force Command said last evening.

Kao, 31, was a 2007 graduate of the Air Force Academy and had logged 865 flight hours. He was dispatched to the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for F-16 fighter jet pilot training.     [FULL  STORY]

New Taiwan Arms Sale to Rankle Beijing

Disruption of Pentagon’s military exchange program at stake

The Washington Free Beacon
Date: December 14, 2015
By: Bill Gertz    

The Pentagon is bracing for a potential cutoff of its ambitious military exchange program

Taiwanese military vehicles armed with U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles / AP

Taiwanese military vehicles armed with U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles / AP

with China next week in response to the latest congressional notification of some $1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

Defense officials said formal notification of the arms package aimed at bolstering the island’s defenses will be sent to Congress this week. It will include offers to sell two Navy frigates and some 12 AAV-7 amphibious assault tanks. Missiles in the package will include Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin and TOW anti-tank missiles.

The major items in the package are two decommissioned guided-missile frigates, the USS Gary and the USS Taylor. Sale of the Perry-class warships was approved earlier but notification has been delayed for years.

The Obama administration, fearful of upsetting Beijing, rejected offering Taiwan new and more modern F-16 jets in the arms package. The Taiwanese military has sought the new jets for years to replace aging F-16s in its arsenal.     [FULL  STORY]

This is your military-standard pillow 國軍規格的枕頭

Taipei Times
Date: November 24, 2015

Green Party Taiwan Taoyuan City Councilor Xavier Wang has posted a picture of a

A picture of a filthy military pillow is pictured in an undated photyo on Taoyuan City Councilor Xavier Wang’s Facebook. 桃園市議員王浩宇在臉書貼出的國軍髒枕頭的照片。 桃園市議員王浩宇在臉書貼出的國軍髒枕頭的照。 Photo from Xavier Wang’s Facebook profile 照片取材自王浩宇臉書

A picture of a filthy military pillow is pictured in an undated photyo on Taoyuan City Councilor Xavier Wang’s Facebook.
桃園市議員王浩宇在臉書貼出的國軍髒枕頭的照片。
桃園市議員王浩宇在臉書貼出的國軍髒枕頭的照。
Photo from Xavier Wang’s Facebook profile
照片取材自王浩宇臉書

dirty pillow on Facebook, saying that it was a military pillow shot by a friend of his when he was serving his short-term reserve training duty at the Armor Training Command And Armor School in Hsinchu County’s Hukou Township. The picture has provoked heated discussions among netizens. Having just offered help in a case involving Jian Chih-lung, a rookie soldier in a military police training center in Taoyuan who was infected with Leptospirosis and died as a result of sepsis, Wang asked, “How can rookie soldiers avoid getting sick in an environments of this sanitary standard? What’s the matter with the military?”

A netizen commented that, “when I did my military service in the past it was this filthy.” Others said that, “Items for the short-term reserve training are kept for years in a warehouse” and that “Filthy is normal. If they give you brand new stuff, then something really is wrong.” Someone else asked, “Do you expect to be welcome as if you were at a five star hotel? You are here to fulfill your military duty, not to take a vacation.” However, one also said, “Pathetic. So many people take it for granted and think that it is normal for soldiers to use filthy and defective things.” They think the public should stop regarding abnormalities as the normal state of affairs and stop taking unreasonable things for granted if they want the military to make improvements.     [FULL  STORY]

Thunder Tigers to perform at Hsinchu air force base today

Taipei Times
Date:  Nov 21, 2015
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The air force base in Hsinchu City is holding an open day today from 9am to 4pm,

The Thunder Tigers aerobatic display team performs a formation flight display at a preview on Thursday for today’s open day at the air force base in Hsinchu City.  Photo: CNA

The Thunder Tigers aerobatic display team performs a formation flight display at a preview on Thursday for today’s open day at the air force base in Hsinchu City. Photo: CNA

where the nation’s Thunder Tigers aerobatic display team is to put on a performance in their AT-3 trainer jets.

The day is also set to feature F16s, Mirage 2000s and the nation’s Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) in action.

Ministry of National Defense officials said the event is a rare opportunity for civilians to enter the Hsinchu Air Base, interact with military personnel and to tour a display of aircraft and weapons, so that the public can be confident of the professionalism and combat readiness of the nation’s troops.     [FULL  STORY]

New U.S. bill allows Taiwan’s inclusion in military training programs

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/13
By: Tony Liao and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) The U.S. Congress recently passed a National Defense Authorization 62716878Act for 2016 that makes provision for Taiwan’s inclusion in U.S.-led training programs with foreign countries, with the aim of increasing maritime security in the South China Sea, and supports bilateral military exchanges between Taiwan and the United States.

The bill will now be sent to the White House and will take effect after U.S. President Barack Obama signs it into law.

The U.S. Senate passed the bill Nov. 10, five days after it cleared the floor of the House of Representatives.

The bill includes a South China Sea Initiative that authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to provide assistance and training programs aimed at “increasing maritime security and maritime domain awareness of foreign countries along the South China Sea.”     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan expects to receive two frigates from US

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Despite China’s opposition, Taiwan’s navy says it is preparing to take delivery of two frigates

Despite China’s opposition, Taiwan’s navy says it is preparing to take delivery of two frigates

World Bulletin
November 3, 2015
By: News Desk

Taiwan expects to shortly finalize an arms deal with the United States for the purchase of two frigates.

Kyodo News reported the country’s defense minister as saying Tuesday that his navy is prepared to receive the ships.

Kao Kuang-chi told the Legislative Yuan — Taiwan’s parliamentary body — that, “our navy staff is ready to get them.”

Despite opposition from China, the U.S. has already passed a bill into law authorizing the sale of four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan, which will get two in 2016 if it can finalize terms by the end of this year.     [FULL  STORY]