Taiwan ex-legislator discusses missile defenses on TV in China

Ministry of National Defense reminds public that China reserves the option of military force against Taiwan

Chiu Yi discussing Taiwan's missiles on Chinese television.

Chiu Yi discussing Taiwan's missiles on Chinese television. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense expressed anger Wednesday (Dec. 18) over New Party legislative candidate Chiu Yi (邱毅) discussing the island’s missile defenses on television in China.

Chiu, a former Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker, was first selected for the KMT’s legislator-at-large list for the January 11 elections, but an outcry over his pro-Chinese tendencies led to his withdrawal.

The small pro-unification New Party then put him at the top of its list of at-large candidates. If the group crosses the 5-percent threshold, Chiu will be elected, though most opinion polls say this is highly unlikely.

On December 13, Chiu appeared on China’s CCTV 4 where he discussed how Taiwan had stationed its missiles against the threat posed by the more than 1,000 missiles the communist country has pointed at the island.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of National Defense condemned Chiu's comments, reminding the public that Beijing had never abandoned the possibility of using force against Taiwan and that still posed a serious threat, CNA reported.

The deployment of missiles was an issue of national security which should not be discussed lightly, the ministry said.