Taiwan Deploys Missiles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A newspaper in Taiwan is reporting that
the island has begun to deploy a new locally developed supersonic
ship-to-ship missile.

The mass circulation Liberty Times says in Sunday's report that
Taiwan has deployed the Hsiung Feng III missile on various military
ships.

Analysts say the missile is capable of attacking fuel tanks and
ammunition depots on a vessel, and that it could be used against
Chinese aircraft carrier battle groups. The missile was first
unveiled during a military parade in late October 2007.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense declined to comment.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing still
claims the island as its own.


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