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Islamabad (AFP) May 29, 2012
Pakistan said Tuesday it had successfully test fired a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile.
The Hatf IX has a range of only 60 kilometres (37 miles) and can carry conventional warheads, the military said.
"This quick response system addresses the need to deter evolving threats, specially at shorter ranges," it added in a statement.
It was the third time Pakistan has test fired a ballistic missile since arch-rival India last month launched its new long-range Agni V, capable of hitting targets anywhere in China.
India and Pakistan -- which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947 -- have routinely carried out missile tests since both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability in 1998.
Defence analysts say India's strategic priorities are moving away from Pakistan to focus more on China, while Pakistan is still concerned about its eastern neighbour.
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Taiwan deploys anti-China missiles: report
Taipei (AFP) May 28, 2012
Taiwan has for the first time deployed cruise missiles capable of striking key military bases along the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland, local media reported on Monday. Mass production of the Taiwan-made "Hsiungfeng" (Brave Wind) 2E, which have a range of 500 kilometres (300 miles), has been completed and the missiles have come into service, the Liberty Times said, citing an unnamed ... read more
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