Tensions between Taiwan and China are on the rise
The bases in Okinawa, Taiwan, are within range of the missiles, as relations between the two super-powers continue to decline.
In January, China revealed war with the US is now a “practical reality” as military officials prepare to “retaliate decisively” to any of Donald Trump’s new policies they consider to be a threat.
Taiwan’s defence minister has confirmed the deployment of the DF-16 missiles, which are capable of striking precise locations more than 1,000km away.
On Monday, Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers the development comes as China “strengthens its weaponry modernisation and military hard power”.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Chinese officials over the weekend
He refused to say how many missiles had been deployed or where they are located, but confirmed he was confident that Taiwan’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) anti-missile system would provide an adequate defence.
He added: “We are confident in our surveillance to detect any unfriendly action towards us.
“We have sufficient weaponry to shoot it down outside our territory.”
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Last week, Taiwan pledged to bolster its military to fend off any threat from China.
The island currently has around 200,000 troops, a tiny fraction of China’s 2.3 million-strong army.
China has conducted a number of military exercises in the West Pacific, including sending the mainland’s sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to carry out training exercises in waters east of Taiwan.
The Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier, has been patrolling waters close to Taiwan
Last week, officials from China and the US vowed to improve ties between the two powers and work together to push North Korea towards “a different course” amid increased fears over the hermit state’s weapons programmes.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Chinese counterpart on Saturday to discuss a strategy to deal with threats from North Korea.