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MND monitoring deployment of Chinese missiles

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday it is closely monitoring China’s deployment of missiles at a military airport in Fujian Province and the Taiwan public has no need to worry.

Ministry spokesman Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) was responding to local media reports that cited a Canadian defense magazine as stating that China has deployed eight battalions of S-300 PMU2 surface-to-air missile systems at its Longtian military airport in Fujian, posing a threat to Taiwan’s security.

The missiles have a range of 200km, and Taiwanese fighters entering air space in the northern Taiwan Strait would be susceptible to attacks because the Strait was only 130km wide at its narrowest point, local media reports said, adding that the Mirage 2000 fighters at the Hsinchu air base could be the first casualties.

Yu said the ministry was monitoring the situation and has factored it into its analysis and strategy.

“The situation is fully under control,” Yu said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said that there is no need to worry, because Taiwan’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) could also cover Chinese fighters maneuvering in the Taiwan Strait.

The ministry has also deployed Hsiung Feng missiles on Matsu, which puts Chinese vessels within striking range, Lin said.

However, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that China’s deployment of the missiles proved that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) policy of cross-strait reconciliation was a fiasco and a form of kowtowing to China.

Ma should adjust his policy, Tsai said.

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