China has expressed concern over a report in Taiwan’s ruling party that said Taiwan is considering “strategic measures” in response to Taiwan’s “aggressive and provocative” behavior in the South China Sea.
Taiwan’s Taiwan Affairs Ministry spokesman, Ching Ching-chiao, on Tuesday said the report by the New York Times “is not correct” and called it “a provocative and biased report.”
Ching said the newspaper “should be aware that this irresponsible, irresponsible, provocative and aggressive report is in violation of the Constitution, the law and the sovereignty of Taiwan.”
The report, based on anonymous sources, said Taiwan’s military had deployed a sea-based missile system in waters near the disputed Spratly Islands, a move that has infuriated China and prompted China to take military action in the region.
The Times cited unnamed sources familiar with the report, which was published Monday.
It quoted one unnamed source as saying that the Taiwanese military is considering deploying a missile system on the island of Hainan that can be used to shoot down incoming Chinese aircraft.
The report said the Taiwan defense ministry is considering a number of options, including a possible deployment of a short-range ballistic missile in the sea, or a land-based version of the DF-21D anti-ship missile.
Ching did not comment on the report directly, but said Taiwan would consider further actions against the island.
He said the military was taking a strategic approach to the issue, but did not elaborate.
The United States, which has repeatedly warned China against interfering in the Taiwan dispute, has called for calm and called for China to abide by the law.