This picture taken on October 10, 2007 shows a model of a home-grown supersonic Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) ship-to-ship missile in Taipei during the first military parade in 16 years. / AFP / SAM YEH
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A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China Friday, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.The Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile flew about 75 kilometers (45 miles) before hitting the trawler in waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait.The skipper on the Taiwanese 60-ton trawler was killed and three other crew on board, including a Vietnamese and a Filipino, were injured.The missile was fired during a drill at around 8:10 a.m. from a 500-ton missile ship docked at a naval base in the southern city of Tsoying and flew in the direction of China.According to Taiwan's defense ministry, there are 1,500 Chinese missiles aimed at the island.
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