Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Islands of fishermen. Pescadores/Penghu. Taiwan Strait.
As excerpted from that previous David Axe Forbes article. Penghu island vital to defense of Taiwan?
"The first major obstacle for the Chinese is Taiwan’s garrison on the island of Penghu, halfway between China and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait. If a Chinese fleet goes around Penghu, the Taiwanese troops could lob missiles at the fleet’s flank."
TAIWANESE [REPUBLIC OF CHINA] MISSILE SYSTEMS OF THE ANTI-SHIP AND SURFACE TO AIR VARIETY A VIABLE THREAT TO THE CHINESE MILITARY.
Thanks additionally to Global Security Sources and Methods:
1. "ROC COMPLETES MISSILE DEPLOYMENT ON OUTLYING ISLANDS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 11 August 1999 -- Naval authorities are planning to deploy locally built Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles [Brave Wind] in Penghu which will be able to reach the southeastern mainland port city of Xiamen."
BRAVE WIND AN ANTI-SHIP MISSILE.
2. "Army opens five missile bases to media China News [Taiwan] 27 August 1999 -- The five Sky Bow missile bases in Taiwan are located in Penghu, Taichung, Sanchih, a northern coastal township, and Kaohsiung, which has two."
SKY BOW AN AIR-DEFENSE MISSILE WITH A REPUTED ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE CAPABILITY.
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