Taiwan Navy fires 'carrier killer' missile towards China
TAIPEI: (APP) A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.
The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometres (around 200 miles), flew about 75 kilometres before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait.
Helicopters and navy ships were sent to search for the missile, Mei said, adding that the military had reported the gaffe to the island's top security body, the National Security Conference.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, which handles China policy, declined to say whether the incident had been reported to Beijing.
Ties between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated noticeably since
President Tsai Ing-wen of the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected in January.
China still insists that self-ruling Taiwan is part of its territory, even though the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war, and has not ruled out using force to bring about reunification.