TAIWAN: TAIWAN STRENGTHENS ITS MILITARY IN WAKE OF CHEN SHUI BIEN'S ELECTION VICTORY
- Title: TAIWAN: TAIWAN STRENGTHENS ITS MILITARY IN WAKE OF CHEN SHUI BIEN'S ELECTION VICTORY
- Date: 21st March 2000
- Summary: TAIPEI, TAIWAN (MARCH 21, 2000) (REUTERS 1. WIDE: DEFENCE MINISTRY BRIEFING 0.06 2. SV: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) KUNG FAN-DING, SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "Communist troops are engaging in routine training missions. We have not discovered any large-scale military training exercises." 0.22 3. C/A: JOURNALISTS 0.28 QUEMOY, TAIWAN (RECENT - MARCH 13, 2000) (REUTERS 4. VARIOUS OF TAIWAN SOLDIERS PATROLLING FRONTLINE ISLAND OF QUEMOY (ISLAND FACES MAINLAND CHINA) (10 SHOTS) 1.22 TAIPEI, TAIWAN (MARCH 21, 2000) (REUTERS 5. SLV: TAIWAN PRESIDENT-ELECT CHEN SHUI-BIAN ARRIVING 1.32 6. SLV: CHEN ENTERING CHURCH 1.37 7. MV: PEOPLE LISTENING 1.42 8. SV: CHEN SINGING 1.52 9. MV: PEOPLE LISTENING 1.56 10. SV: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHEN SAYING: "With justice and fairness, Taiwan will improve... We have to be sharp and quick in seeking peace across the Taiwan Strait." 2.14 11. WIDE: ROOM 2.20 12. LV: TAIPEI STREET 2.25 13. SV: TAIPEI BROKERAGE EXTERIOR 2.31 14. BV: INVESTORS LOOKING AT STOCK PRICES 2.37 15. CU: MONITOR SHOWING STOCK PRICES 2.45 16. SV: STOCKBROKERS 2.50 17. CU: STOCK PRICES ON MONITOR 2.55 18. WIDE/MV: STOCKBROKERS LOOKING AT SCREEN (2 SHOTS) 3.02 19. SLV: WORKERS AT TERMINALS 3.13 20. BV: PEOPLE LOOKING AT STOCK PRICES (3 SHOTS) 3.24 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: TAIPEI AND QUEMOY, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Duration: 00:03:21
- Story Text: Taiwan's military has said that Chinese armed forces
are holding purely routine training missions, while Taiwan is
continuously strengthening its own forces in the aftermath of
Chen Shui-bian's victory - the candidate Beijing disliked
At a news briefing on Tuesday (March 21), the Taiwan
Defence Ministry spokesman King Fan-ding said Taiwan would
continue to monitor any movements by the 2.5 million-strong
People's Liberation Army.
"Communist troops are engaging in routine training
missions.We have not discovered any large-scale military
Kung added that Taiwan's military will remain loyal to
the country's newly-elected president, opposition candidate
Chen Shui-bian and stressed that according to the constitution
the president was the head of national troops.
China intensified threats against Taiwan in the run-up
to the island's presidential elections, won by
pro-independence candidate Chen Shui-bian last Saturday (March
Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a breakaway province,
has threatened to invade if the island declared independence.
The Taiwan front island of Quemoy was quiet on Tuesday
with soldiers patrolling regularly.
Chen has offered a "peace summit" with Beijing to ease
tensions, but on terms which China has said it cannot accept.
Chen, who spent Tuesday (March 21) morning visiting a
Presbyterian Church, has insisted the island be treated as an
equal in any talks.He has said he's ready to discuss "one
China" , seen as a concession of sorts to Beijing, but "one
China" could not be the basis of discussions.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin made clear on Monday that
Chen's terms for discussions were unacceptable.
Despite the tension, investors seem to be unfazed.
Taiwan's key stock index on Tuesday rebounded more than
five percent as bargain hunters piled in after the index's
recent sharp falls triggered by election worries.
Chen received 4.9 million votes and independent
candidate James Soong got 4.6 million, while Vice President
Lien Chan of the ruling Nationalist Party trailed with 2.9
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