A Chinese warship sailed close to Taiwan’s Orchid Island, an area designated for Taiwanese missile test.
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It has been reported that on Tuesday evening a Chinese warship came close to Taitung County’s Orchid Island, South of Taiwan. This area was chosen by Taiwanese army to conduct a missile test this week. The Fisheries agency issued warnings regarding the planned missile test for ships to avoid the area southeast and east of Taiwan. According to CNA, the missile tests will occur on December 24, 25, 28 and 29 between 7:40 and 8:45pm.
The Chinese warship was just 38 nautical miles from Orchid Island. It remained there until Wednesday, until it eventually left the area. The Taiwanese military said that they observed the Chinese warship but could not do anything else, as the warship has to come within 24 nautical miles of the island for the Taiwanese army to be able to send their warships to chase it away.
While there is no confirmed information regarding the type of missile that Taiwan will test, analysts believe that the live-fire test to be conducted by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) will involve the Sky Bow missile. According to CNA, a target would most likely be fired from Taitung, while the missile will be launched from Jiupeng military base. The area restricted spans 160 kilometres, which further bolsters that a long range missile such as Sky Bow III will be tested.