US could pull technology plug on Taiwan missiles aimed at China

September 29, 2007 10:41


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Taiwan's program to develop missiles capable of hitting major Chinese cities could be hampered by US objections, a defense analyst said on Saturday. Defense experts have noted that Taiwan is clandestinely developing cruise missiles with a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) that could hit Shanghai, the financial capital of China. Taiwan tested the long-range Hsiungfeng 2E missile early this year, according to recent Taiwanese media reports. But Wang Kao-cheng, a defense analyst, said the US could pull the plug on the missile program by withholding sophisticated satellite guidance technology from the Taiwanese military. The program could founder without the technology, he said.

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