TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile capable of striking southeastern areas of mainland China, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The missile — fired from the Jiupeng Missile Base in southern Taiwan — cruised about 300 miles before hitting a dummy target at sea off outlying Green Island, the China Times quoted an unidentified military source as saying.
The report did not specify the date the test was conducted.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry declined comment.
Taiwan is widely believed to have secretly developed cruise missiles. Military officials have argued such weapons could deter China from launching an attack against the island. However, it may be several years before Taiwan can begin mass production of the missile, the newspaper said.
China has deployed hundreds of ballistic missiles along its southeastern coast facing Taiwan. The mainland and the island are divided by the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, and China has repeatedly threatened to retake the island by force to prevent it from declaring formal independence.
Taiwanese military analysts have suggested that the cruise missiles should be deployed on four Kidd-class destroyers that the United States is scheduled to deliver to Taiwan later this year, the report said.