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Taiwan says its missiles can hit mainland

China | Mar 17, 2017
Taiwan said for the first time publicly that it is capable of launching missiles at China, as the government yesterday unveiled a major defense report warning of increased risk of Chinese invasion.

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be brought back into its fold -- by force if necessary -- even though the island has been self-governing since the two sides split after a civil war in 1949.

Ties have worsened since Beijing- sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, ending an eight-year rapprochement.

Delivering the four-yearly report to parliament, defense minister Feng Shih- kuan replied "yes" when asked whether Taiwan was capable of firing at mainland China.

"It is the first time the ministry has confirmed this," lawmaker Wang Ting- yu told media, saying Taiwanese missiles may be able to travel more than 1,500 kilometers.

The ministry has said in the past it has produced cruise missiles, but has never publicly stated their capabilities.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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