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BEIJING MIGHT USE BALLISTIC MISSILES TO ATTACK TAIWAN: MAGAZINE

2004-03-01 23:07:16

    Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Mainland China has deployed three or four ballistic missile brigades in its coastal provinces targeting Taiwan, according to the latest quarterly on national defense policies issued by the Taipei-based Society for Strategic Studies.

    Among these missiles, modified M11A and M9A missiles have a range of 600 kilometers and 800 kilometers, respectively and can strike any area of Taiwan, according to the magazine.

    The magazine, titled "Review of National Defense Policies, " quoted a U.S. Defense Department report as saying that in 2002, the mainland deployed 350 M-series ballistic missiles against the island, with the annual increase estimated at about 50 units.

    But the number had reached 450 units by 2003, far higher than the estimate conducted by the U.S. Defense Department, the magazine said.

    Noting that during the 1995-2003 period, the number of mainland missiles targeting the island increased at least 11-fold, the magazine indicates that Beijing is expected to have as many as 600 ballistic missiles deployed against Taiwan by 2005.

    Most of the missiles have been deployed in the Nanjing military region, encompassing Fujian, Jiangsi, Guangdong and Chejiang provinces.

(By Luis Huang)

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