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Taiwan aware of new Chinese military airport in Fujian

2012/05/26 18:46:02

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense said Saturday that it is aware of a new Chinese military airport in the southeastern province of Fujian and will take appropriate measuresto ensure Taiwan's safety.

Taiwan has a good understanding of Chinese military deployments, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said in a statement after local media reported the building of a Chinese military air base in a mountainous area of Fujian.

“Our citizens can rest assured that the ministry has full knowledge of the situation and will take counter measures,” he said.

The airport, close to completion, is an estimated 245 km from Taipei, 380 km from the Tiaoyutai Islands and 200 km from an undersea natural gas field in the East China Sea, according to the Chinese-language United Evening News.

The location suggests that China is strengthening its sovereignty in the area and counteracting the military power of Japan and the United States, the newspaper said.

China, Japan and Taiwan have been engaging for several years in heated disputes over the Tiaoyutai Islands, which are known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan.

Wang Kao-cheng, a military strategist and professor at Tamkang University, urged President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration to pay more attention to action taken by China and Japan in the East China Sea.

(By Nancy Liu)
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