A new missile which China has shown to the public for the first time could pose a grave threat to the defense of Taiwan if deployed, a US military expert said yesterday. \nThe missile, which has not been given an official Chinese name, appeared at the Zhuhai airshow in south China, attached to a model of the Chinese-made JH-7 fighter-bomber, also known as the "Flying Leopard." \n"It's a brand-new supersonic missile, anti-ship or anti-radar, which could have a considerable range," said Richard Fisher, an expert on military affairs at Washington's Jamestown Foundation. \n"It is only a model, but this is the first confirmation that this kind of program is alive and making progress," he said. "I would be worried if I was in Taiwan." \nHe said that because the missile is super-sonic, it can not be destroyed in flight and appears primarily aimed at destroying radars, which form Taiwan's first line of defense. \nThe missile would be easily able to traverse the Taiwan Straits, which separates the mainland from the island, he said. \n"For people in charge of deterrence in the Taiwan Straits, this is a big problem," he said. \nHe said the fact that the missile appears at an international air show indicates China also plans to export this technology to other countries.
SCHEDULE: The delegation is due to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen this morning and witness the signing of an MOU on bilateral health cooperation in the afternoon US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar yesterday arrived in Taipei aboard a US government plane at the head of a delegation that is the highest-level visit by a US official since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. Azar’s flight landed at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 4:48pm, nearly one hour earlier than scheduled, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The apron where it landed is reserved for military aircraft, the Songshan Air Force Base Command said. The members of Azar’s delegation included HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, HHS Chief of Staff Brian
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