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Taiwan defends plans to develop long range nuclear missilesTaipei Dec 9 1999 AFP A top Taiwanese official on Thursday defended his governments right to develop long-range missiles after US reports said China was building a new missile base targeting the island of Taiwan During the period of the Opium War a British fleet tried to occupy Keelung harbor in north Taiwan but eventually failed This was the first aggressive move on Taiwan by imperialist powers In October 1856 the Arrow incident which occurred in Canton induced a Second Opium War and as a result four Tientsin treaties were concluded during June 1858 Based on the Tientsin treaties Tamsui Keelung Anping and Takao were opened to the West and western missionaries were allowed to propagate Christianity in Taiwan The summaries of treaties signed at that time were 1 Abolish government monopoly of camphor business permit foreigners and their employees to freely buy and sell camphor products 2 Permit foreign merchants to travel freely in Taiwan 3 Indemnify for the losses of churches forbid the residents to slander Christianity 4 Missionaries are given the right to live in Taiwan and propagate Christianity 5 Complications between the natives and foreigners should be jointly judged by Ching authorities and the British Council In 1871 an incident occurred where sixty-six Miyakojima residents of Ryukyu drifted into southern Taiwan where fifty-four were killed by aborigines This became known as the Botan Incident which Japan quickly used to try and win recognition of its territorial right to Ryukyu The following year the Japanese government set up a consulate in Fuchow and sent a consul to spy on Taiwan Japan also hired ex-American consul of Amoi CW LeGendre who was well acquainted with Taiwan affairs to act as an advisor to the Foreign Affairs Department These moves were part of the preparation for a military venture into Taiwan Japanese troops led by Saigo departed from Nagasaki on May
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