Tam­sui read­ies for sim­u­lated main­land China at­tack

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

Stage Two

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

Be­sides

the am­phibi­ous

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.

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