Tai­wan war games sim­u­late China in­va­sion

New Straits Times - - World -

PENGHU’ERCUN (Tai­wan): Tai­wan forces sim­u­lated an in­va­sion by China yes­ter­day as part of live­fire war games against a back­drop of ris­ing ten­sions with Bei­jing.

The an­nual drills are Tai­wan’s big­gest mil­i­tary ex­er­cise and mocked up a sce­nario in which Chi­nese troops launched an am­phibi­ous as­sault.

They took place on the out­ly­ing Penghu Is­lands, which sit in the strait that sep­a­rates Tai­wan from China.

The De­fence Min­istry has warned of a ris­ing mil­i­tary threat from China, which sees self-rul­ing Tai­wan as part of its ter­ri­tory to be re­uni­fied.

Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary is boost­ing its fire­power to counter the risk, in­clud­ing launch­ing its first-ever home-grown sub­ma­rine project and build­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of jet train­ers.

Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen presided over the drills and em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of build­ing up Tai­wan’s in­dige­nous de­fence in­dus­try.

“When Tai­wan shows its de­ter­mi­na­tion to take the road of de­fen­sive au­ton­omy, it is putting on a dis­play to the world of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­tect our home and land,” she said at a mil­i­tary base in Penghu.

Yes­ter­day’s war games were part of an an­nual week-long ex­er­cise called Han Kuang (Han Glory) aimed at mea­sur­ing how ef­fec­tively Tai­wan forces could deal with a China at­tack. AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.