Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu (
"I have never heard of such a plan," Lee said. "Tomahawk cruise missiles are fantastic. But, they [US government] never gave us such a message and we are not planning on it, either."
Lee's remarks came in response to a story in yesterday's Chinese-language China Times.
The alleged US sale is purported to be aimed at forcing Taiwan to abandon the NT$34.6 billion (US$1.06 billion) project to develop and mass produce Hsiung Feng-2E missiles, the daily claimed.
The Hsiung Feng-2E missile was not showcased during the military display on Double Ten National Day on Oct. 10 because, according to the ministry, it is still in the development stage.
During questioning from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (
He added sarcastically that he was "grateful" that a certain media outlet has "made such an excellent arrangement" for Taiwan's military to beef up its defense capability.
Meanwhile, a military official yesterday confirmed that the ministry has researched and developed graphite bombs but said it had never considered mass production of such a weapon.
"We did carry out some research and development work on graphite bombs. We did it because we wanted to realize how much damage it would cause if our enemy launched an attack. We do not have a production line for such weapons," said Vice Admiral Wu Wei-rong (
Wu made the comments during yesterday morning's legislative National Defense Committee.
(KMT) Legislator Lee Ching-hua (
The newspaper reported on Sunday that Taiwan was developing a non-lethal graphite bomb designed to disable China's power supplies.
It said that the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology -- the nation's top arms research unit -- will begin developing the submunitions at a cost of up to NT$500 million (US$15.34 million), starting next year.
The bombs work by sprinkling a cloud of chemically treated carbon fibers over power supplies, causing them to short-circuit, but without killing people.
Should war break out, the so-called "blackout bomb" would be carried by Hsiung Feng II-E cruise missiles to paralyze power grids in China's southeastern coastal cities.
Wu said these submunitions were used for the first time in May 1999 as part of Operation Allied Force strikes against Serbia. Following these attacks, lights went out over 70 percent of the country.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
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A DEPRIVATION? The Taiwan Higher Education Union said the program, which drew much student criticism, undermined students' right to an education The Taiwan Higher Education Union on Monday accused Ming Chuan University (MCU) of sacrificing its students’ right to education by altering the English-language instruction for first-year students. The university, which has long emphasized the value that it places on English-language education, in the 2019-2020 academic year changed its English program for first-year students to a combination of self-learning through online videos and weekly lab sessions, during which students would take online tests, the union said. The change has deprived more than 3,000 students of in-person instruction and of interaction with their teachers, the union added. The online program drew much criticism from students