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    China Aims 820 Missiles At Taiwan Agence France-Presse Jul 17, 2006 www.spacewar.com/reports/China_Aims_820_Missiles_At_Taiwan_999.html A Chinese soldier
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      China Aims 820 Missiles At Taiwan
      Agence France-Presse
      Jul 17, 2006
      www.spacewar.com/reports/China_Aims_820_Missiles_At_Taiwan_999.html


      A Chinese soldier struts past one of the countries many missiles.
      Photo courtesy of AFP.


      Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Monday renewed his warning of
      China's growing military threat, saying it is now targeting the island
      with 820 missiles. Chen, during a meeting with a group of Japanese
      scholars attending a forum in Taipei, said he had expected China's
      peaceful rise and the development of democracy there.

      "However, China military spending has increased at a double-digit rate
      since the Tiananmen event 17 years ago. This is by no means a way
      leading to peace," Chen said.

      The People's Liberation Army has deployed 784 ballistic and 36 cruise
      missiles aimed at the island, he said, adding that the number of
      missiles is rising at the rate of 120 per year.

      These could paralyse Taiwan's communications and transportation and
      command centers in a 10-hour bombardment, Taiwan's defense ministry says.

      A Pentagon report has said China is building up its military at a pace
      that is tipping the balance against Taiwan and could pose a credible
      threat to other armies in the region.

      Taiwan plans to stage a major military exercise Thursday to display
      its capability to fend off any invasion. Chen is expected to preside
      over the drill codenamed "Han Kuang 22" and involving at least 10,000
      soldiers.

      China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should it declare
      formal independence. It has regarded the self-governing island as part
      of its territory since their split in 1949 at the end of a civil war.

      Tensions between Taiwan and China have escalated since the
      independence-leaning Chen was elected president in 2000. He was
      narrowly re-elected in 2004.

      China crushed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 with
      the loss of hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.

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