Taiwan shows off military defence drills amid tensions with China
Taiwan’s air, sea and land military forces conducted live-fire exercises simulating an invasion on Thursday, with President Tsai Ing-wen saying it showed their determination to defend the democratic and Chinese-claimed island.
F-16 and domestically made Ching-kuo fighter jets launched strikes and tanks raced across inland scrub, firing shells to destroy targets on the beach. About 8,000 personnel took part in drills, held on a coastal strip near Taichung in central Taiwan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying would not comment directly on the drills, but said that “China is determined to maintain its sovereignty and security” and that realizing the goal of unification is the “general trend” for the People’s Republic of China.
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