Taiwan To Hold War Games With Computer-simulated Chinese Invasion

 Taiwan To Hold War Games With Computer-simulated Chinese Invasion

FILE PHOTO: China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning departs Hong Kong, China, July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

Taiwan has come under increasing military pressure from Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone

Taiwan will run 8 days of computer-aided war games this month, its defense ministry said on Wednesday, April 7, days after China said an aircraft carrier was conducting drills near the island and that such exercises would become routine.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has come under increasing military pressure from Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

Computer simulations of a Chinese attack on Taiwan will be conducted between April 23 to 30, and will form the first phase of Taiwan’s largest annual war games, the Han Kuang exercises, the ministry said. A second phase, which will include live-fire drills, is set to take place in July.

“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan,” Major General Liu Yu-Ping told reporters.

He said the drills will use the Joint Theatre Level Simulation system and will run 24 hours a day.

China’s navy said on Monday, April 5, a Chinese carrier group was conducting exercises near Taiwan and such drills would become regular, marking a further escalation of tensions.

On the following day, the US Navy said its Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group entered the South China Sea on April 4 to conduct routine operations, its second such visit this year.

Ayomide Oyewole

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