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September 28, 2003 | From Associated Press
Two Taiwanese air force pilots were rescued by fishermen from Taiwan's archrival China after their fighter jet crashed into the sea Saturday, the military said. The plane -- a locally made Indigenous Defense Fighter -- was based in the southern town of Tainan and was on a routine training mission, the air force said. The pilots, Wang Pei-chiang and Tsai Kun-nan, said they parachuted out just before their jet crashed into Taiwanese waters.
March 28, 1996
I am writing to express my outrage at Robert Dallek's comments on the China-Taiwan conflict (Opinion, March 17). He proposed for the U.S. to negotiate with China an agreement that will "bring Taiwan into Beijing's orbit in 12 or 15 years, with guarantees of economic and political freedoms comparable to those given Hong Kong." What makes him think Beijing is capable of keeping a promise or has the credibility to make a promise is beyond me. Beijing has promised the U.S. not to sell missiles to Iran and Pakistan.
May 2, 2001
Re "Bush Shakes Free From the State Dept. on Taiwan," Commentary, April 27: Bruce Herschensohn seems to have forgotten that when John F. Kennedy made his remarks on Formosa (Taiwan), that island was governed by the legitimate government of China that had been forced to flee from the mainland by a terrorist political revolution. What President Nixon did in 1972 was to "abandon" Taiwan--against the advice of a State Department that had engineered the post-World War II ascendance of the U.S. as the world's superpower--to the geopolitical ideas of Henry Kissinger, a policy that had no concern for the political ambitions or economic welfare of the Chinese people or the social, economic or democratic principles of the U.S., but was more interested in preventing a powerful army under a tyrannical dictatorship from falling into the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. JACK BRAMSON Los Angeles
June 21, 2006 | From Associated Press
Lawmakers in Taiwan's ruling party boycotted the start of a debate today on a proposal to hold a referendum on ousting President Chen Shui-bian because of alleged family corruption and incompetence. "We want the people to see how ridiculous this recall motion is," said Lai Ching-teh, a legislator with the president's Democratic Progressive Party. But opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou went on television and urged the ruling party to stand on the side of justice and clean government.
June 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian faced growing pressure today from an opposition campaign to recall him because of allegations of corruption against his family and former aides. The legislature held a special session Tuesday to start a long, complex process to oust Chen, who has served for six years and has two left in his second term. He has repeatedly denied the graft allegations.
June 5, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates defended U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying Saturday that the weapons transfers are meant to enhance stability in Asia by countering mainland China's military buildup. Gates said in a speech at an annual security conference in Singapore that the arms sales are part of a longstanding U.S. practice. The aid is opposed by Beijing, which this week withheld an invitation sought by Gates for a visit to mainland China while he is traveling in the region.
August 13, 1992 | Reuters
Taiwan has rejected a proposal by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade that it change the name under which it is seeking to join, state radio said. Taiwan applied to join the world trade body in 1990 as the "Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu" instead of under its official name, the "Republic of China," in an attempt to avoid opposition from Beijing. But processing of the application is being delayed.
November 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Vanuatu's Cabinet agreed today to grant diplomatic recognition to Taiwan despite having long-standing formal links with China, a spokesman said. The unanimous decision was made at an informal meeting, the prime minister's spokesman Kalvau Moli said. It was not clear if the move required a formal meeting to make it official.
March 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Taiwan on Monday cheered a local boy who made good: Ang Lee, who won the best director Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain." He is the first Asian to win one of Hollywood's highest accolades. Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian immediately issued a statement hailing Lee's success, calling the filmmaker the "glory of Taiwan." "We grew up watching the Oscars.
April 26, 1995
Jim Mann's April 17 column, "Taiwanese Opposition's Independence Drive Shows Need for New U.S. Policy" was a superb review of the current situation between the U.S. and Taiwan. It reflects the ambiguity and contradiction inherent in U.S. policy toward Asia. Taiwan has traditionally been seen as a pawn in the international game of superpowers. In the anti-Communist fervor during the beginning phases of the Cold War, U.S. military and economic aid to Taiwan propped up the authoritarian dictatorship that claimed sovereignty over China.
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