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Taiwan Faces New Chinese Ballistic Missile Threat, Official Says
Taiwan's intelligence head on Wednesday asserted China was aiming a new variety of ballistic missile at the island state, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, July 19, 2010).
"The Chinese communists have deployed the Dongfeng 16, which is a new powerful missile aimed at Taiwan," National Security Bureau Director General Tsai Teh-sheng told Taiwanese lawmakers.
"Its range is longer, and it increases the threat to Taiwan," Tsai said.
The intelligence chief refused to supply specifics about the missile's technical features and did not say how many of the missiles were believed deployed.
Taiwan is self-governing but is claimed by Beijing as Chinese territory. Taiwanese analysts believe the Chinese military has more than 1,600 missiles targeting the island (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, March 16).
Tsai also asserted that Beijing had completed multiple tests on another new missile -- the Dongfeng 21D, the Taiwanese Central News Agency reported. The ballistic missile would be used against ships and is already deployed, the NSB director general said.
U.S. experts have projected the Dongfeng 21D can travel from 1,240 to 1,860 miles. The new missile has been characterized by some as a "game changer" that could imperil the United States' uncontested naval supremacy in the Pacific (see GSN, Jan. 10).
While Beijing has asserted its arms development was intended to deter Taipei from announcing its in-principle independence, Tsai said "that was only a pretext to divert the concern of other countries from its weapons development projects." Were China's aim truly to prevent Taiwan from declaring independence then it would not have built missiles with ranges greater than 373 miles, he said (Central News Agency, March 16).
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