TAIPEI, Taiwan: Taiwan deployed a surface-to-surface version of its Sky Bow 2 air defense
missile on Dongyin, an outlying island near mainland China. Taiwan has
held several islands near the mainland since the end of the Chinese
civil war in 1949.
Taipei has a Sky Bow (Tien Kung) missile battery on the island
outfitted with Sky Bow IIB surface-to-surface missiles. These missiles
have a range of 600 kilometers, enabling them to strike targets as far
away as Shanghai. Now,
Taiwanese legislators are considering withdrawing troops from Dongyin
in an effort to improve relations with China. Taipei could withdraw
these missiles to convince China to remove its own ballistic missile force within striking range of Taiwan.
In addition to the missiles, Taiwan maintains a military force of
more than 3,000 servicemen on Dongyin. Taiwan also has land-based anti-ship missiles with a range of 150 kilometers deployed on the island.