Taiwan perfecting missiles to face China’s military expansion

Published: August 18, 2018 18:36:00 | Updated: August 19, 2018 12:02:12


In this file photo, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, second from left, listens to a brief on a missile at Su'ao naval station during a navy exercise in the northeastern port of Su'ao in Yilan County, Taiwan. –AP

Defence experts say Taiwan is responding to China’s arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing’s military advantage over the self-ruled island.

Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed one set of missiles, perfected another and sped production of a third. Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against advocates of independence for the self-governed island democracy and has sent warships, bombers and fighter planes on training missions circling the island in a show of strength.

Alexander Huang, strategic studies professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan, says while Beijing has an increasingly overwhelming military advantage, Taiwan’s missile systems advance its odds of holding off China in asymmetrical warfare, reports AP.

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