Want China Times
Lin Yu-fang, a legislator for Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang, said Monday that China poses an
ever-growing threat to Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, as its Second Artillery Corps has been renovating weaponry and upgrading missile deployments.
Based on a report on China’s military strength submitted to the Legislature by the Ministry of National Defense, Lin said that in the past year, the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps has increased its troop strength from 140,000 to 150,000 and the number of its ballistic missiles and cruise missiles from 1,600 to 1,700.
Meanwhile, the number of missiles targeting Taiwan has been increased from 1,400 to 1,500, he added.
Lin said the defense ministry also confirmed that in addition to the aircraft carrier Liaoning, China is building two further carriers of the same level in Dalian and Shanghai, and is planning to set up an aircraft carrier command under the navy command in order to reinforce their combat capability. [FULL STORY]