Tai­wan im­proves mis­sile sys­tems to counter China

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Tai­wan is re­spond­ing to China’s arms buildup by de­vel­op­ing mis­siles and in­ter­cep­tors of its own that could re­duce Bei­jing’s mil­i­tary ad­van­tage over the self-ruled is­land, de­fense ex­perts say.

Since Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen took of­fice in 2016, Tai­wan has de­ployed one set of mis­siles, per­fected an­other and sped pro­duc­tion of a third, the an­a­lysts say, in the lat­est sign of how it’s han­dling a Chi­nese mil­i­tary threat that is rais­ing the chances of an armed con­fronta­tion.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has taken a hard line against ad­vo­cates of in­de­pen­dence for Tai­wan.

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