Wendell Minnick by Fantake via Flickr Taiwan plans to build its first prototype of a stealthy 500-ton catamaran corvette in 2012 under the Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) program, Deputy Defense Minister Lin Yu-pao told legislators in April, according to Wendell Minnick on his weblog. A Taiwan defense source said thereRead More →

As growing crowds of mainland Chinese visit Taiwan, curious to see how pre-revolutionary China could have looked like, the island could capture a major share of the luxury good purchases, says Shaun Rein in CNBC. Sixty percent of those goods are bought now in Hong Kong or Europe. Shaun Rein isRead More →

Image via Wikipedia Ending US weapon sales to Taiwan might also end a very lucrative trade that has helped the US economy greatly, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Taiwan has spent USD 16,5 billion over the past five years, but calls to end the trade become louder. In January,Read More →

Ministry of Defense, Taipei via Wikipedia Taiwan is still trying to assess the amount of damage caused by one of the largest espionage case, after the late-January arrest of General Lo Hsien-che, who ran the communications, electronics and information division of Army Command Headquarters, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. TheRead More →

The wrong helicopter via Wikipedia Taiwan’s decision to purchase 31 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters for US$ 2.5 bn in stead of Cobras is blasted in an article in Atimes, as it does not fit any of the island’s defense strategies. Defense expert Wendell Minnick explains why the decision isRead More →

Wendell Minnickvia Flickr Two high-profile arrests in Taiwan show that China has thoroughly infiltrated Taiwan’s Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB), writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Col. Lo Chi-cheng of the MIB and Taiwanese businessman Lo Pin are accused of supplying Beijing with the identities of MIB agents working in China.Read More →

Wendell Minnck via Flickr The surprise move by Taiwan to defer two advanced weapon systems from the US is going to hurt its ties with its American allies, says Wendell Minnick in a comment for Reuters. “It’s going to hurt (Taiwan) in Washington to fight for these systems and thenRead More →

Taiwan via Wikipedia Director General Tsai De-sheng of the Taiwanese National Security Bureau said this week that the number of rockets  pointing at the island from China have risen to 1,400, but defense specialist Wendell Minnick is not convinced by the story, he tells Japanese media. Wendell Minnick, Asia bureau chiefRead More →

Wendell Minnick via Flickr Taiwan’s military are running out of money because of huge outstanding bills for the US and a reduced defense budget, writes Wendell Minnick in Defense News. New procurements might not be possible in the upcoming three years. Wendell Minnick in his weblog: Taiwan is facing moreRead More →