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    Taiwan’s Defense Ministry Mistranslates an Alert, Erroneously Saying China Launched a Missile

    Taiwan's Defense Ministry Mistranslates an Alert, Erroneously Saying China Launched a Missile

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's Defense Ministry mistranslated an alert into English on Tuesday, saying had launched a missile instead of a satellite and urging caution days before the island's elections.

    Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday that China has described as a choice between war and peace.

    The bilingual alert sent to residents' mobile phones cautioned in English that there was a missile flyover. The Defense Ministry later issued a statement apologizing to the public for the faulty English translation and clarifying that China had launched a rocket carrying a satellite — not a missile.

    The ministry said the Chinese rocket flew over southern Taiwan at high altitude.

    Chinese state media said the country launched a satellite called Einstein with a Long March 2C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province in southwestern China. Broadcaster CCTV said the satellite entered orbit and the launch was a success.

    The alerts went off in the middle of an international news conference by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. He clarified it was a satellite launch, told journalists not to worry, and proceeded with the news conference.

    “We need to stay responsible; we need to stay moderate in order to prevent (a) conflict from happening between Taiwan and China,” he said.

    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who was in the southern of Kaohsiung, urged the public…

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