Taiwan to simulate turning China’s military drill into actual attack in war games: report

April 9, 2024 by No Comments

this year will feature simulating a scenario in which China turns one of its frequent military drills around the island into an actual attack, according to a report. Tung Chih-hsing, the head of the joint combat planning department of Taiwan’s defense ministry, made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday, Reuters reports. He reportedly added that the drills would integrate naval, air, coast guard forces, drones and shore-mounted anti-ship weapons to establish an “attack and kill chain” at sea. The Han Kuang exercises are set to begin in April with eight days of tabletop drills followed by combat exercises in July, according to the defense ministry cited by Reuters. “In addition, [we will] use naval and air forces and coast guard ships to jointly carry out escort operations” in the simulated event of a blockade of Taiwan by China, the news agency also quoted Tung as saying. during a round of war games last April, Reuters reports. Last week, dozens of Chinese warplanes and multiple naval ships were reported around Taiwan on the same day that Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone call with President Biden. Taiwan’s defense ministry says it “monitored the situation and employed appropriate force to respond.” During the phone call with Xi on April 2, the White House said, emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the rule of law and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.” “The two leaders held a candid and constructive discussion on a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, including areas of cooperation and areas of difference,” the White House added. “They reviewed and encouraged progress on key issues… including counternarcotics cooperation, ongoing military-to-military communication, talks to address AI-related risks, and continuing efforts on climate change and people-to-people exchanges.” ’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report.