Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Taiwan Stands Ground on U.S. Missile Defense Purchase
Taiwan yesterday said it was justified in purchasing U.S. missile defense technology and urged China to remove more than 1,000 missiles trained on the island, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Jan. 7).
While Taiwan has an autonomous government, Beijing claims the island-state as its territory and has threatened to use force should it pursue formal independence.
"The arms buildup is necessary for our national defense. Furthermore, it would make Taiwan have more confidence in pursuing negotiations and exchanges with the Chinese mainland," Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said in response to a Chinese statement yesterday denouncing any Taiwanese weapons acquisitions.
The Taiwanese purchase included Patriot missile defense systems and other U.S. military hardware. Lawmakers in Washington signed off on the deal in at the end of 2008, and the Defense Department last week endorsed the export of the missile defense technology (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, Jan. 13).
Jan. 9, 2014
The UNSCR 1540 implementation process in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. As of October 2011, 26 of the 48 states in the region have submitted 1540 national reports.
Nov. 8, 2013
This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.
This article provides an overview of Taiwan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.