Tuesday, September 04, 2012

China's Second Artillery Corps now aims 1,600 missiles at Taiwan

Soldiers from the Second Arty during an exercise
A military report to the LY indicates that China has boosted its arsenal to 1,600 missiles, with the new medium-range DF-16 among them 

The number of ballistic and cruise missiles aimed by China’s Second Artillery Corps at Taiwan has grown from 1,400 last year to more than 1,600 this year, which poses a serious threat to the nation, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in its China Military Power Report 2012 (中共軍力報告).

This year’s annual report, which has been delivered to the legislature, emphasizes China’s growing missile threat. It said the People’s Liberation Army had deployed a small number of advanced Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles to complement the arsenal of DF-11 and DF-15 short-range missiles that has threatened Taiwan over the years. 

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.

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