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Taiwan will not share new radar system's data with U.S.: official

ROC Central News Agency

2012/11/05 17:51:53

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Taiwan will not share information gathered by its new early-warning surveillance radar system with the United States, following the completion of the system by the end of the year, a defense official said Monday.

The long-range system at a military base in Hsinchu County will be a closed network and the military "will not offer" related information to the U.S., said Lt. Gen. Liu Shi-lay, an official with the Ministry of National Defense's unit responsible for communication, electronics and information.

Liu made the remarks in response to concerns raised by ruling Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen that Taiwan's military will provide information collected by the radar system to the U.S.

At a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Lu also expressed concerns that the system, which Taiwan purchased from the U.S., will be more beneficial to Washington than to Taipei.

Lu said the information collected by the radar system will be more valuable for the U.S., in the event of missile attacks by China.

However, the ministry has said that the radar system is necessary to help strengthen Taiwan's combat readiness in case of Chinese attack, given that China deploys over 1,000 missiles targeting Taiwan.

On the possibility that the U.S. may be able to intercept data collected by the system, Liu said the U.S. will be unable to access any information unless Taiwan shares it.

Meanwhile, when asked by the local media about a report earlier in the day that Taiwan will establish more Patriot missile bases in northern, central and southern parts of Taiwan in light of the threat posed by Chinese missiles, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu did not offer any confirmation of the report.

Before attending the legislative hearing, Kao said the nation's Patriot missiles have been purchased to counter missile attacks by China.

(By Elaine Hou)

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