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MND reports China deploying more missiles against Taiwan

Central News Agency

2015/08/31 21:00:00

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said Monday that China is posing an ever-growing threat to Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, while its Second Artillery Corps (SAC) has been renovating weaponry and upgrading missile deployments.

Based on a report on China's military strength submitted to the Legislature by the Ministry of National Defense (MND), Lin said that in the past year, the SAC has increased its troop strength from 140,000 to 150,000, and the number of its ballistic missiles and cruise missiles from 1,600 to 1,700.

Meanwhile, the number of missiles deployed against Taiwan has been increased from 1,400 to 1,500, he added.

Lin said the MND also confirmed that in addition to the aircraft carrier the Liaoning, China is building two further carriers of the same level in Dalian and Shanghai, and is planning to set up an aircraft carrier command under the navy command in order to reinforce their combat capability.

(By H.H. Lu and Lillian Lin)

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