TESTING RESOLVE?The encroachment took place when Jioupeng Military Base was test-firing US-made Patriot missiles on Wednesday and Thursday last week
Date: Jun 03, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
China sent a surveillance ship and spy aircraft to waters and airspace near Taiwan’s
to gather intelligence last week during missile and air defense drills at a military base in Pingtung County, Ministry of National Defense (MND) officials confirmed yesterday.
The officials said the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) used electronic surveillance to track missile testing at the highly restricted Jioupeng Military Base (九鵬基地) in southern Taiwan.
It came in the wake of reports that Chinese visitors were spying and taking photographs near the nation’s military bases and other sensitive facilities, some of whom were known to be PLA officers and agents posing as tourists.
The ministry monitored the Chinese ship and aircraft as they approached the nation during the two-day missile tests, it said in a statement yesterday. [FULL STORY]