President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan keeps repeating that her government will maintain the status quo with China. But faced with Beijing’s growing military presence and the absence of a well-defined East-Asia policy in Washington under President Donald Trump, Tsai and her national-security team have been forced to consider costly countermeasures. Cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China have been unsettled since Tsai, chairwoman of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office last May. The Taiwanese ministry of national defense argues that about 1,500 Chinese missiles are aimed at the island. Taipei’s defense minister Feng Shih-kuan emphasized last week that China had deployed a number of highly accurate Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) short-to-medium-range ballistic missiles on coastal regions. The combination of DF-16s and DF-21C/D anti-ship medium-range ballistic missiles would allow China to compromise the island nation’s defenses with relative ease, notably if Beijing launched multiple attacks. In addition to the missile threat from the mainland, Taipei counted six drills and training missions by China’s air and naval forces in the recent months, including maneuvers by Beijing’s only aircraft carrier, Liaoning. Developing a domestic military industry With security deteriorating across the Strait of Taiwan, Taipei plans to build its first locally commissioned submarines within a decade. Both entities signed a memorandum of understanding with the Taiwanese navy at a ceremony last week, emphasizing the importance of the submarine program in building up a home-grown defense industry. Taiwan’s difficulty in buying submarines abroad is likely the key reason behind Tsai’s decision to boost the country’s defense-industrial sector. Foreign military suppliers, including the United States, have always been reluctant to sell sophisticated weaponry like submarines to Taipei — a move that would anger China. Apart from submarines, Taiwan is also building fighter jets and warships and strengthening its electronic and cyber defenses against China. It is said that Taiwan aims to improve its home-built Tien. Source: www.atimes.com
It is said that Taiwan aims to improve its home-built Tien Chien air-to-air missile, its Tien Kung surface-to-air missile and its Hsiung-Feng anti-ship missile, focusing on their firing range. Taipei would also develop offensive land-attack cruise
Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) yesterday reiterated the need for the nation to build up its self-sufficiency to minimize its dependence on foreign arms sales, saying the nation's defense industry has fallen more than a decade
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