By: Hsieh Chia-chen and S.C. Chang
Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday dismissed as
“untrue” some media reports that China has raised its war preparedness by deploying Dongfeng 21D missiles in Xiamen, opposite the Taiwan-held Kinmen Islands.
Taiwanese media cited bowenpress.com, an overseas-based Chinese-language media outlet, as saying that China was moving Dongfeng 21D missiles, known as “aircraft carrier killers,” to its southeastern coast just days before the inauguration of a new president in Taiwan.
Discrediting such reports as “not factual,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said it has a good grasp of China’s military movements and urged people to “take it easy” rather than panic.
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, whose pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party is far more wary of relations with China than the incumbent Kuomintang (KMT) government, will take office on May 20. [FULL STORY]