deployed a surface-to-surface version of its Sky Bow 2 air defensemissile on Dongyin, an outlying island near mainland China. Taiwan hasheld several islands near the mainland since the end of the Chinesecivil war in 1949.
Taipei has a Sky Bow (Tien Kung) missile battery on the islandoutfitted with Sky Bow IIB surface-to-surface missiles. These missileshave a range of 600 kilometers, enabling them to strike targets as faraway as Shanghai. Now,Taiwanese legislators are considering withdrawing troops from Dongyinin an effort to improve relations with China. Taipei could withdrawthese missiles to convince China to remove its own ballistic missile force within striking range of Taiwan.
In addition to the missiles, Taiwan maintains a military force ofmore than 3,000 servicemen on Dongyin. Taiwan also has land-based anti-ship missiles with a range of 150 kilometers deployed on the island.