Cruise missiles in production
Taiwan has confirmed for the first time that it is mass--producing cruise missiles, despite growing ties with China. “Mass production of indigenous weapons like the ones under the codenames of ‘Chichun’ and ‘Chuifeng’ is going very smooth,” Deputy Minister of National Defense Chao Shih-chang (趙世璋) told the legislature on Wednesday. “The problems with key parts and components that had previously stalled manufacturing have been tackled,” he said. The Chichun project refers to the Hsiung Feng IIE cruise missile, Taiwan’s answer to the US-made Tomahawk. Chuifeng is a project developing the nation’s long--anticipated supersonic anti-ship missile. The missiles could be launched from land or sea and would be capable of striking targets in southeast China, as well as cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, local media said.
NIA cracks counterfeit ring
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday it has cracked a counterfeit ring that was producing ID cards for illegal foreign workers in Taiwan. The ring is probably the country’s largest fake ID syndicate targeting runaway foreign workers as its clientele, the agency said. In a joint operation launched by the agency and police early yesterday, 15 suspects were arrested at various locations in Taipei city and county, Hsinchu County and Miaoli County. Computers, printers and thousands of fake Alien Resident Certificates, work permits and national health insurance cards were seized. The lead suspect, identified by his surnamed Hsiao (蕭), told police that the forged documents were intended for sale to labor brokers, insurance agents, foreign workers and contractors of major construction projects where foreign labor might be needed.