TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan said on Monday its armed forces have the right to self-defence and counter attack amid “harassment and threats”, in an apparent warning to China, which last week sent numerous jets across the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
Tensions have sharply spiked in recent months between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically-run Taiwan as its own territory, to be taken by force if needed.
Chinese aircraft crossed the mid-line to enter the island’s air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, prompting Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept them, and President Tsai Ing-wen to call China a threat to the region.
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WNU Editor: Does Taiwan have the firepower to stop China? Maybe not …. Taiwan’s missile inventory insufficient to counter Chinese attack: MND (Taiwan News), but hey are quickly arming up …. Reports: Taiwan Is Loading Up On Super-Accurate Missiles For Its F-16s (Forbes).
Update: Taiwan has enough missiles to defend itself at present: MND (Focus Taiwan)
Taiwan will ‘fire back’ if attacked by China: military source — Focus Taiwan
Taiwan will ‘definitely fire back’ if fired upon by China — Taiwan News
Taiwan Says It Can ‘Counter Attack’ After China Practices Invasion — Newsweek
Taiwan’s armed forces have ‘right to counter attack,’ military warns after China’s large-scale drills — RT