TAIPEI – Taiwan keeps a special security team to protect President Tsai Ing-wen from possible Chinese attacks, a high official of the Defense Ministry told the Taiwanese parliament on Wednesday.
Lieutenant General Chiang Chen-chung said in an appearance before the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that a military unit assigned with protecting President Tsai and her government against possible Chinese attacks has existed since the turn of the century and there is a need to improve and update it.
Chiang said that the military had been prepared to prevent a decapitation strike for years.
According to Taiwan’s military experts, the presidential palace has tunnels connecting it to safe locations in the mountains close to Taipei and plans are in place for air-evacuation of the president in case of any emergency.
The growing military power of China, especially its massive IT and cyberwarfare capabilities and development of high precision missiles like the Dongfeng 16, make it possible for the government to strike at the head of the Taiwanese government, military sources said.
The DF-16 has a range of 1,600 kilometers (994 miles), a precision of 5 to 10 meters and is difficult to intercept through the American PAC-3 anti-missile systems installed on the island.
Despite the apparent peace in the Formosa strait, there exists a strong political tension between Taipei and Beijing, due to Taiwan’s refusal to be integrated in China, which doesn’t rule out the use of force.