Taiwan says it has a missile that can hit Beijing — RT World News

A senior official said Taipei has long-range missiles capable of reaching the heart of the Chinese mainland.

Taiwan has the capability to strike the Chinese capital with local supersonic missiles, the leader of the Taipei Legislative Assembly has said, also saying the island is taking cues from the Ukrainian Armed Forces amid the ongoing attack on the Russia.

In a recent speech, You Si Kun – an influential member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party – said that while Taipei does not seek confrontation with China, it has the ability to respond with force in the event of conflict.

“Taiwan would not take the initiative to attack Beijing…but before Beijing wants to attack Taiwan, we must first consider that Taiwan has the ability to attack,” he said, adding that the island can “hit Beijing” with its locally developed Yung Feng supersonic cruise missiles.

Taiwan launched an initiative in 2018 to improve Yung Feng munitions capabilities, sinking more than $400 million into the missile. The upgrades would have extended its maximum range to 1,200 miles, putting it within striking distance of the Chinese capital, according to the Drive.

You then drew parallels between potential hostilities with China and the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe, stressing the importance of “the will to defend” while stating that Taiwan fired “Inspiration from the Ukrainian-Russian War.”

“The [Chinese Community Party] must cross the Taiwan Strait to attack Taiwan, which is different from Russia’s attack on Ukraine,” He continued. “If you want to land, you will fight on the beachhead. If the landing succeeds, everyone in Taiwan must be as determined to die as Ukraine. Get out and never let China swallow Taiwan.

Although the official said “self-help” is an important guiding principle for Taipei and Kyiv, both the island and Ukraine have received waves of Western arms and other forms of foreign support, with the Joe Biden administration approving several rounds of arms sales in Taiwan and tens of billions of dollars in arms transfers to the Ukrainian army since taking office.

Responding to You’s comments, a representative from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warned that any attack from Taipei would have dire consequences.

“The ramblings of stubborn pro-Taiwan independence members like You Si Kun only expose their frenetic nature,” spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said, adding “Whether [they] dare to hit a stone with an egg, it will only accelerate [their] disappearance.”

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