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BMD Focus: Defending Taiwan

Ballistic missile defense is taking center stage in the looming confrontation between the United States and China over the status of Taiwan. Recent reports in the Washington Post and the Taiwan Times have purported to reveal details of the top secret U.S. Department of Defense war plan to protect Taiwan in the face of any Chinese attack. According to the reports the plan, code-named Oplan 5077-04, includes provision for the use of nuclear weapons by U.S. forces and for the use of U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense weapons to defend the island of 25 million people. William Arkin wrote in an article published on the Washington Post Web site on May 24 that Oplan 5077 dates back more than 20 years to the Reagan administration. But the plan was expanded and finalized in 2005 following a 2004 guidance from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Full Story

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