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MND reasserts confidence in military in face of Chinese intimidation

2017/11/28 19:36:24

Image taken from Weibo

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) The ROC military remains confident in its ability to safeguard the nation and will not be intimidated by a few photographs of a Chinese Air Force bomber allegedly in Taiwanese airspace, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉), MND spokesman, responded to photographs posted by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on Chinese social media page Weibo on Nov. 24 and reported in Sina Online, a Chinese media website, as showing a Xian H-6K cruise missile bomber headed for Taiwan's tallest peak, Jade Mountain

Chen said that the ministry does not rule out this being an attempt at intimidation on the part of the PLAAF but reasserted that such efforts will fail.

He noted that the military is prepared for any scenario and does not fear combat though it is not actively looking for it.

The photographs were posted online after the PLAAF conducted training exercises from Nov. 22-23.

However, an unnamed MND official said that the mountain in the photograph does not resemble Jade Mountain, nor were there any records of PLAAF planes flying near the mountain.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu)