Taiwan to deploy ‘new type of military force’ to the South China Seas after China agreed to deploy anti-ship cruise missiles to disputed waters, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.
China is also expected to increase naval patrols off Taiwan’s Hainan Island and conduct drills near the disputed Spratly Islands.
Taiwan said in a statement on Tuesday that it would deploy anti‐ship cruise missile launchers, anti-submarine warfare aircraft and surveillance aircraft to the disputed waters in the South Chinese Sea.
Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam also have overlapping claims with the South and China, which are also in the region.
Xinhua said the deployment of anti‐satellite missile launchers would also help Taiwan’s defense.
The deployment of these types of weapons will help Taiwan counterbalance the threat from the South, Xinhua added.