Up in Arms

China has at least 500 missiles based on its eastern coast pointing at Taiwan, which it considers a renegade province. If Beijing pushed the button, could Taiwan fire back?

As of today, it doesn't have the hardware. That may be changing. Last week, Lee Wen-chung, chairman of the defense committee in Taiwan's legislature, disclosed that the island was developing missiles that could reach Chinese cities. "Taiwan has the technology and capability to develop a medium-range missile program, which is supported by a secret government budget," Lee told TIME. "We've entered the test-fire phase and may be able to...

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