Cape Breton Post

Taiwan fears China bolstering its ability to attack or blockade island

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TAIPEI — China is bolstering its ability to attack and blockade Taiwan, deploying long-range missiles to prevent foreign forces helping in the event of war and using psychologi­cal warfare to undermine faith in Taiwan’s military, the island’s defence ministry said.

The ministry, in its once-every-four-years defence review, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, warned China was deploying “grey zone” warfare tactics to subdue the Chinese-claimed island, seeking to wear Taiwan down with repeated drills and activities near its airspace and waters.

“China has continued to modernise its military and increase its capability in a war with Taiwan,” it said.

China’s Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

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