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Taiwanese officials are warning China to think twice before attacking the island nation, saying Taiwan has missile capabilities to hit Beijing.
In a recent interview with Taiwanese media, You Si Kun, Speaker of Taiwan’s Legislative Assembly, said his country would not hesitate to use its Yun Feng supersonic cruise missiles in the event of a Chinese invasion.
“Yung Fend missiles can already hit Beijing, and Taiwan has the capability to hit Beijing,” You said, according to Liberty Times Net.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has allocated more funds in recent years to boost the capabilities of Yung Feng missiles to strike deeper into China, writes The War Zone. Its new variant is said to have an extended range of 1,200 miles, meaning it could, in theory, successfully hit Beijing, which is about 1,150 miles from Taiwan.
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You invoked Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, noting that the will of the people to fight is stronger than any missile capability.
“The [Chinese Community Party] must cross the Taiwan Strait to attack Taiwan, which is different from Russia’s attack on Ukraine,” he said. “If you want to land, you will fight on the bridgehead. If the landing is successful, everyone in Taiwan must be as determined to die as Ukraine. Get out and never let China swallow Taiwan.”
Taiwan and China separated in a civil war in 1949, but China claims the island as its own territory and has not ruled out using military force to take it.
China has intensified its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years, aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unite with the communist mainland.
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The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which governed US relations with the island, does not require the US to intervene militarily if China invades, but makes it US policy to ensure Taiwan has the resources to to defend themselves and to prevent any unilateral change of status. by Beijing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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