Tamsui readies for simulated mainland China attack
Taiwan’s military is readying the Tamsui River for a simulated attack by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) scheduled for next week as part of the Han Kuang exercises (
). On Sunday the coastal town of Tamsui was lined with red and orange flags identifying landing points for PLA hovercraft and other vessels.
For the first time in the history of the Han Kuang exercises, popular tourist draws including the Tamsui Wharf ( ) and part of the shore near the Mackay Statue have been marked as landing points for the Chinese assault.
The battle will use traditional artillery and the Javelin anti-tank missile system for precision strikes, and the counterattack will rely on the Guandu Area Command from the 6th Army Corps, according to the United Evening News.
The Army Command Headquarters ( ) of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has declined to release the exact time of the Tamsui drill, confirming only that it will take place this week.
The Han Kuang exercises are Taiwan’s most important annual war games involving all military branches.
They are designed to test the combat readiness in the event of an attack from Beijing.
The first half of drills took place this May 4 to 8 and comprised computer-aided simulations of electronic warfare and cyberattacks and defense.
The second half, scheduled for Sept. 7 to 11, will simulate a PLA assault with live fire.
Phase-two war games will test newly acquired or locally developed weaponry including the Cloud Leopard armored vehicle, Tuo Jiang stealth missile corvette and the P-3C Orion antisubmarine aircraft, according to MND Defense Joint Op- eration Division Director Maj. Gen. Zhong Shu-ming ( ).
Avoiding ‘negative perception’
The Defense Ministry has reportedly ordered participating troops to strictly adhere to drill scenarios and protocol to avoid a “negative public perception.”
The United Evening News reported that the MND has altered a scenario for the Tamsui games to ward off a public “misunderstanding.”
According to the original plan, some of the troops simulating ground defense were to divert into a second-line battalion, but the MND became concerned that onlookers would interpret their movement as a rout, according to the report.
Under the revised plan, ground troops are ordered to hold the line of defense as one unit until the next drill.
ROC Victory Likely
land- ing drill at Tamsui, upcoming war games will include a simulated parachute offensive in Taipei City.
In past games, airborne defense units have staged drills based at Taipei Songshan Airport, as well as at the Erchong Floodway (
) and the Guandu plain ( in computer-aided simulations.
PLA troops were usually surrounded and defeated on the spot: Going by precedent, the likelihood of Chinese troops successfully occupying Taipei City is low.