Taiwan to Conduct Missile Live-Firing Test in Show of Force Against China

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Taiwan to Conduct Missile Live-Firing Test in Show of Force Against China

TAIPEI, July 5 (Reuters) – Taiwan will conduct a two-day missile live-firing test on Monday, as the self-ruled island ramps up preparations against an increasingly assertive China.

The test, which will be held in southern Pingtung county, will involve the firing of US-made TOW 2A anti-tank missiles, as well as other types of missiles.

The test comes as relations between Taipei and Beijing are at their lowest point in years. China has been increasing its military activity around Taiwan, and has warned that it will use force to bring the island under its control.

Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, said the test was a “routine exercise” but that it was also a “show of force” against China.

“We are ready to defend ourselves against any attack,” he said.

The missile test is also being seen as a sign of Taiwan’s growing military ties with the United States. The United States has been providing Taiwan with military assistance for decades, and the two sides have recently stepped up their cooperation in the face of Chinese threats.

The missile test is likely to further anger China, which has already condemned Taiwan’s recent military exercises. However, Taiwan has said that it will not back down from its defense preparations.

“We will not give in to pressure,” said Chiu. “We will defend our democracy and our way of life.”

The test is expected to draw international attention, as it comes at a time of heightened tensions between Taiwan and China. The test is also likely to be seen as a sign of Taiwan’s growing military capabilities, and its determination to defend itself against any attack.

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