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China's missiles targeted elsewhere but threaten Taiwan: MND

China's missiles targeted elsewhere but threaten Taiwan: MND

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) The medium and long range ballistic missiles (LRBM) deployed by China may target other countries but still threaten Taiwan, Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???) said Tuesday.
"Although China's medium and long range ballistic missiles are aimed at other countries, they still pose a threat to Taiwan. We hope Taiwan's people understand this, even if China's short range missiles are the biggest threat to Taiwan," Luo said after an MND news briefing.
Luo was responding to an 8,000-word report published by the People's Liberation Army Daily on Monday detailing the strategic missile forces under China's Second Artillery Corp.
He described the report as an attempt to intimidate Taiwan's people psychologically.
"This was not conducive to cross-Taiwan Strait harmony and will even provoke resentment among Taiwan's people," he said.
To counter China's military, the MND has in recent years tried to establish a comprehensive anti-ballistic missile system to better protect Taiwan's security, Luo said.
In response to another question about a Defense News report that the Republic of China's Navy is planning to replace its aging fleet of MD500 helicopters with MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters, Luo said the Navy needs to purchase next generation anti-submarine helicopters to meet its needs.
At the moment, the MH-60R is not the only option for the Navy. It is conducting an across-the-board assessment before identifying a specific anti-submarine helicopter that best serves its interests and combat needs, Luo said. (By H. H. Lu and Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-22 23:13 GMT+08:00