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Taiwan missile to target Chinese air bases, ports: report

Taiwan arrests double agent spying for China
Taipei (AFP) Nov 2, 2010 - A Taiwanese military intelligence agent has been arrested for working as a double agent for China, the defence ministry and media said Tuesday. The agent, identified by his surname Lo, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of leaking secrets to unauthorised personnel, the ministry said in a statement. A defence spokesman added that relevant "damage control" measures have been initiated, without elaborating. According to Apple Daily, Lo was recruited by another Taiwanese double agent and allegedly sold lists of spies stationed on the mainland and other secret information to China.

He had reportedly accumulated a total of 100,000 US dollars since he began working for China in 2007, the paper said. The information Lo provided had compromised crucial Taiwanese intelligence networks in the mainland, and the agents were now "running for their lives," the report quoted an unnamed military source as saying. Taiwan's Premier Wu Den-yih pledged in parliament that the government would help the agents whose identities had been compromised, vowing to get them home safely, according to the state Central News Agency. Wu also said Taiwan has to maintain its defence and intelligence capabilities despite improving ties with China, according to the report.

Taiwan and China have spied on each other ever since they split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, but there is no public information on the number of agents jailed on either side. Taiwan's spy chief has expressed hopes that better relations with China could lead to the release of spies held by both sides and called for the matter to be included in routine two-way talks. Beijing still regards the island as its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. A Taiwanese military spy chief has reportedly warned retired agents that they should never go to China because of the risk of arrest or interrogation there.
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Taipei (AFP) Nov 2, 2010
Taiwan is developing a potent missile system that can strike airfields and harbours on the mainland, in a bid to nip a Chinese invasion in the bud, local media said Tuesday.

The "Wan Chien" or "Ten Thousand Swords" missile system, which so far has cost nearly three billion Taiwan dollars (97 million US), passed an initial operating test earlier this year, said Defence Technology Monthly.

Each missile carries more than 100 cluster bomb warheads capable of blowing dozens of small craters in airport runways, making them impossible to use, the magazine said.

The missile is also designed to target harbours, missile and radar bases, as well as troop build-up areas prior to an invasion of the island, the magazine said.

The defence ministry is planning to invest 15 billion Taiwan dollars in 2011 and 2012 to equip its Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDFs) with the new system, it said.

The system could go into mass production after it is integrated with the IDF jets to reduce the risks of having to send Taiwanese jets to the mainland, as it can aim at Chinese targets from a distance, it added.

Military pundit Lin Yu-fang, a lawmaker of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, told AFP that there had been "some progress" in the "Wan Chien" project but he declined to elaborate.

Taiwanese experts estimate the People's Liberation Army currently has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island.

Ties between Taiwan and its giant neighbour have improved markedly since the Beijing-friendly KMT took office in Taipei in 2008.

But China still considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced defence weaponry mainly from the United States.

Washington announced in January a weapons package for Taiwan that includes Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, and equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets, but no submarines or new fighter aircraft.

A defence spokesman was not immediately available for comment.



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Taipei (AFP) Nov 2, 2010
A Taiwanese military intelligence agent has been arrested for working as a double agent for China, the defence ministry and media said Tuesday. The agent, identified by his surname Lo, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of leaking secrets to unauthorised personnel, the ministry said in a statement. A defence spokesman added that relevant "damage control" measures have been initi ... read more







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