Taiwan’s air, Sea and land powers led a drill to repulse an attacking power on Thursday, as its defense minister vowed to safeguard oneself ruled island against China’s rising military danger.
Warrior planes propelled strikes and warships opened fired to decimate an enemy beachhead, while in excess of 3,000 soldiers took part in the live-fire drill in the southern area of Pingtung.
Amid yearly military activities over the island this week, contender planes have arrived on Taiwan’s fundamental expressway and air assault drills have closed its significant urban communities.
While it was only a false exercise, Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa left presumably where the best-seen risk lay.
“The military force of the Chinese Communist Party has continued to expand, without giving up the use of force to invade Taiwan,” Yen told reporters while observing the drill.
China sees Taiwan part of “one China” and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control.
Yen’s comments follow a spike in cross-strait tensions. During recent months, China’s military staged extensive drills with warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft near the island, moves Taipei denounced as intimidation.
Yen said it was Beijing’s intention to “destroy regional stability and cross-strait security”.
Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include an escalating trade war and China’s muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.
Earlier this month, senior U.S. and Taiwanese security officials held a rare meeting, a move that angered Beijing.
China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan, suspecting that its President Tsai Ing-wen is pushing for the island’s formal independence – a red line for Beijing.
Tsai repeatedly says she wants to maintain the status quo with China but will defend Taiwan’s security and democracy.