Taiwan conducts live-fire military drills simulating attack by China


Taipei (dpa) – Taiwan’s military on Thursday held an anti-amphibious landing exercise designed to simulate an attempt by Chinese forces to invade northern Taiwan, a news report said.

Although relations between the two countries are at their best in more than 60 years, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Taiwan would not let its guard down, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

China has claimed sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan since 1949, when it split from the mainland after a civil war.

Ma personally observed the live-fire military exercise, it said.

More than 300 shells were fired during the drill, which was held at a military site in Hsinchu County and was jointly operated by the army, navy and air force. The series of military exercises began on Monday.

In July, Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers were shown on Beijing’s CCTV storming a computer-generated facsimile of the Presidential Office in Taipei. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the move hurt relations, calling it unacceptable, according to the Taipei Times.