Country Risk

Taiwan admits its missiles can strike China

21 March 2017

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said for the first time publicly that the island's armed forces are capable of striking targets in China with missiles.

The statement came as the MND released its 2017 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).

Lieutenant General Chiang Chen-chung told members of the legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that the military has the ability to [target bases in China] and that "related training and planning are currently under way to strengthen the military's combat readiness".

Defence officials have not released any information about the missile systems capable of targeting China.

However, Taiwan is known to have the indigenous Hsiung Feng (HF) series of anti-ship missiles (ASMs) in its arsenal, which includes the HF-3 and the HF-2 series, along with the HF-2E land-attack cruise missile variants.

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