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Chinese spying activities during missile test monitored: MND

Chinese spying activities during missile test monitored: MND

Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Taiwan's military kept tabs on the movements of a Chinese vessel and reconnaissance plane that were apparently spying on a missile test last month, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday. The MND said in a press release that the military conducted missile tests in waters and in the air southeast of Taiwan last month as part of a routine annual training operation. The military detected a suspected Chinese vessel and aircraft that entered the sea and air near Taiwan to collect information, and adopted stringent countermeasures to ensure security, the MND said. The ministry was responding to a report by the Liberty Times, a local newspaper, that said the presence of the Chinese ship and plane disrupted Patriot PAC-2 missile tests near Jioupeng Military Base in Pingtung County on May 28 and 29. On May 28, the military was about to fire missiles when it detected an unidentified vessel 100 kilometers east of the base approaching a restricted area, and it stopped firing immediately, the report said. On May 29, an unidentified plane appeared on Taiwan's radar, and suspected it was a Chinese reconnaissance plane, the military shut down its missile parameters and suspended the test, the report said. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 03:11 GMT+08:00