First paragraph answers the questions “who was involved” and “what happened”. china and taiwan have been at odds for many years, with beijing vowing to unify the two by force if necessary. last year, taiwan’s hsiung-feng iii anti-ship missiles needed a precision optical instrument for launch measurements. the device was shipped to its manufacturer in europe and then sent back to taiwan from shandong province in eastern china. president tsai ing-wen has announced new plans to bolster taiwan’s defence in the event of an attack from beijing.
Second paragraph answers the questions “when did it happen” and “where did it happen”. the incident occurred last year when beijing intensified its military activity around the island. the tool, a theodolite, was used to measure precise geographical location for missile launches as well as the angle and direction of the launchers. it was shipped to its manufacturer in europe and then sent back to taiwan from shandong province in eastern china.
Third paragraph answers the questions “how did it happen” and “why did it happen”. taiwan’s national chung-shan institute of science and technology said the device had been shipped to switzerland by the company that had originally supplied it to the taiwanese military. from there it was diverted for repair at the manufacturer’s asia maintenance centre in the chinese city of qingdao. dr su tzu-yun from taiwan’s institute of defence security research suggested that the manufacturer had not been aware the devices, purchased by a supplier in taiwan, had subsequently been used for military purposes. there are calls for greater safeguards in taiwan after at least one device used by the military for its missiles was sent for repair in china. taiwan must be more strict and careful in its contract management.