Air bases to put on a show
The Chihhang Air Base in Taitung County and the Chingchuankang Air Base in Taichung County will be open to public today and tomorrow, the Air Force General Headquarters announced yesterday. All are welcome to visit the bases to see air shows featuring F-16, Mirage and Indigenous Defense Force jet fighters, as well as S-70C helicopters, Air Force officers said. In addition to the air shows, ground exhibitions featuring Air Force fighters and weaponry and performances by Air Force honor guards will also be held at the two air bases, which will be open from 8:30am to 4pm. The activities are part of a series of celebrations marking "Air Force Day" on Aug. 14.
Gao denies allegations
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) yesterday dismissed media speculation that he was involved in a corruption case in which on of his legislative aides were detained. A story by the Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday said Yao Sheng-chih (姚昇志), deputy director of Gao's legislative office, had given Gao NT$500,000 (US$15,000) out of a NT$2 million bribe Yao had received from a company as a "political donation." The United Daily News also ran a story yesterday alleging that Gao could have been be Yao's accomplice in the case. Gao dismissed the report, saying that he would cooperate with the prosecutors' investigation and that he would take legal action against the newspaper. In a statement, Gao said he was not involved in any wrongdoing and had not illegally profited during his coordination between a Taichung-based company and the National Property Agency.
US, Taiwan schedule talks
The annual US-Taiwan defense industry conference is scheduled to be held in Annapolis, Maryland, from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, a business source said on Thursday. Deputy Minister of National Defense Ko Cheng-heng (柯承亨), US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Christensen are expected to deliver speeches during the two-day conference, said Rupert Hammond-Chambers, president of the US-Taiwan Business Council. The council -- a private US association dedicated to promoting trade, economic and financial relations between Taiwan and the US in the absence of formal diplomatic ties -- is organizing the conference, the sixth of its kind. Hammond-Chambers said that the conference will focus on modernizing Taiwan's military, the challenges the nation faces in national defense and security and on military cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and the US.
Police find fuel leak
Taitung police yesterday discovered a leak in a major pipeline that supplies fuel for fighter jets at the Air Force's Taitung base. Police said that the pipe had likely been tampered with and that aviation fuel might have been stolen. The leak was discovered at the 347.5km marker on Route 9 after police received a tip about a fuel leak at around 9pm on Thursday. Officers who arrived at the scene discovered that the pipeline belonged to the Air Force, so they notified military personnel, who arrived and fixed the leak in less than an hour. The police later discovered a tap had been added to the pipeline and speculated that thieves might have been planning to use it to steal fuel.