China an increasing military threat to Taiwan: defense report
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Taiwan's latest national defense report highlighted an increasing military threat from China, saying that China plans to boost its combat capabilities to a point where it can mount a full attack on Taiwan.
China's combat capabilities are expected to reach that level in 2020, according to the report that was released by the Ministry of National Defense at a news conference Tuesday.
The report said China has been developing and deploying various types of new high-end weapons, and has been developing cyber attack and defense technologies.
China also plans to ramp up its combat capabilities to a level where it could launch an all-out attack on Taiwan, including the outlying islands, the report said.
'Combined operations' remain the People's Liberation Army's basic combat model and its military modernization is aimed at developing a credible deterrent to any third-party intervention in a possible conflict with Taiwan, the report said.
For example, China's deployment of the Dong Feng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile, the so-called 'aircraft carrier-killer' missile, is aimed at hitting U.S. aircraft carriers, said Cheang Yun-pung, director-general of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning.
China, which has not renounced the use of force against Taiwan, has more than 1,000 missiles targeted at Taiwan, he said, adding the number has been increasing.
In the face of the military imbalance in favor of China, Taiwan's military is adhering to a concept of innovative, asymmetric warfare in line with national defense policies, Cheang said at the news conference.
Meanwhile, in an effort to maintain adequate self defense, Taiwan is making efforts to develop its own weapons and is also seeking to purchase arms from other countries, he said.
In terms of jet fighters, Taiwan needs more advanced aircraft than its existing fleet of F-16 A/Bs, which is currently being upgraded with the help of the U.S., Cheang said.
The 12th National Defense Report contains chapters on 'Strategic Environment,' 'General Plan of National Defense,' 'National Defense Capabilities,' and 'All-out National Defense.'
The biennial report, first published in 1992, is aimed at helping the public understand the concept of national defense and its achievements, according to the defense ministry.
On Tuesday, the ministry also published a graphic edition of the defense report in an effort to attract greater attention to national defense issues. The English version of the report will become available next week, the ministry said.
(By Elaine Hou)
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