Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defence source and media reports said Monday.
Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, ending an eight-year rapprochement.
The test of the US-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system will be launched at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in early July, a defence ministry source told AFP, in a move likely to irk Beijing even though it was arranged before Tsai took the helm.
According to the source, the test will be conducted in the US to avoid China collecting information about it, and due to space restrictions in Taiwan.
The American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy, would not comment on the test, which was also reported in Taiwan’s Liberty Times newspaper.
MIKE RIVERO ADDS:
Oh, this is REALLY going to reduce tensions with China, right?!?
What the hell are these people, in the US and Taiwanese governments thinking?!?
Wouldn’t it be rational to be speaking to China regarding trade and peace through commerce?!?
Oh, forgive me; rational thought- and the US government – have not had an ongoing relationship, it appears, for decades.
And the results of that not having the capacity to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, collectively, have been horrific, US government-generated wars and occupations, covert and overt, which have left remarkable devastation around the world, but have only left the US government more broke than it was before those wars were started.