Amid tensions with China; Taiwan holds military ‘exercises’
Amid heightened tensions with China, the troops from Taiwan on Tuesday staged live-fire exercises which looked like responding to an invasion.
This after China stepped up pressure on the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen and also because the row over airline routes escalate.
According to Taiwanese officials, the military sent reconnaissance aircraft to observe simulated incoming ships and tanks fired rounds as the “enemy” landed at the eastern port of Hualien.
Interestingly, the enemy troops had worn red helmets as the simulation was carried out.
While the attack helicopters fired flares, the frontline F-16 fighter jets launched simulated assaults.
Tsai last month warned against what she called Beijing’s “military expansion” — the increase in Chinese air and naval drills around the island since she came to power in May 2016.
There is also a dispute about new flight routes by Chinese airlines in the strait.
Beijing sees self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.>