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“To some extent, the weaponry can serve as a deterrent,” Kevin Cheng, the editor-in-chief of the Taipei-based Asia-Pacific Defense Magazine, told AFP.
“In case of war in the Taiwan Strait, the missiles could be used to attack the airports and other military bases of the People’s Liberation Army.”
Taipei (AFP) Jan 22, 2007
China has deployed more than 900 ballistic missiles against rival Taiwan and they could obliterate the island's air force should war break out, a report said Monday. Internal Pentagon documents had raised the number of short-range Chinese ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan, the United Daily News said citing an unnamed US intelligence source.
The Pentagon is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.
The source said the missiles had ranges of 300 miles to 600 miles and that the number deployed against the island kept on increasing.
Anonymous Taiwanese defense ministry officials told the newspaper that Taiwan's three US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries would not be able to shield it entirely from an intensive Chinese bombardment.