China reportedly increases military in preparation for invasion of Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: October 19, 2020
By: Mark Moore

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-17 ballistic missiles.AP

China is ramping up its military presence along the mainland’s eastern coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of Taiwan, according to a report.

The People’s Liberation Army has upgraded missile bases and deployed a new hypersonic missile -the country’s most advanced.

“The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing a Beijing-based military source. “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.”

The DF-17, with a maximum range of 1,550 miles, was rolled out at last year’s Oct. 1 National Day parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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