Taiwan plans to develop a long-distance precision-guided missile which
would be able to strike military bases along China’s southeastern
coastline in the event of war, a legislator said Monday.
Taiwan’s defence ministry has budgeted Tw$30 million ($1.04 million) for
developments including the design of the missile bases and safety
systems, said Lin Yu-fang, a lawmaker who sits on the national defence
Taiwan’s defence ministry declined to comment on his remarks.
Lin said the missile, along with several other home-made weapons systems
such as the Hsiungfeng (Brave Wind) 2E cruise missile, would be used as
an effective deterrent should China launch military action against the
“In case of war, Taiwan would be able to use the weapon to strike the
air-defence and ballistic missile bases deployed along China’s
southeastern coastline,” he said.
“This could be done without sending jet fighters near the mainland targets, and avoid risking the pilots’ lives.”
Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have eased markedly since Ma
Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008
on a platform of beefing up trade links and allowing in more Chinese
But Beijing still refuses to renounce the possible use of force against
Taiwan even though the island has ruled itself since the end of a civil
war in 1949.