Taiwan conducts military drills simulating China invasion

Elias Hubbard
May 26, 2017

AH-64E Apache attack helicopters release flares during annual Han Kuang military drill in Penghu, Taiwan May 25.

Taiwan's military has practiced repelling a simulated Chinese assault on an outlying island group as part of annual military drills addressing the threat from across the Taiwan Strait.

A Chinese spokesperson on Thursday warned that the Taiwan administration's attempt to resist reunification by the use of force will get the island nowhere.

The preparations also included attack helicopters firing missiles and jet fighters dropping bombs, AFP reported.

The drills, dubbed 'Han Kuang, ' kicked off on Monday and were initially aimed at preparing for possible attacks from mainland China, as Taiwan's Defense Ministry is concerned about a rising military threat from Beijing.

"When Taiwan shows its determination to take the road of defensive autonomy, it is putting on a display to the world of our determination to protect our home and land", she was quoted as saying by the South China Morning Post.

Rocket artillery and tanks also fired rounds as far as 18 meters from the coast.

Taiwanese forces simulated an invasion by mainland China yesterday as part of live-fire military exercises against a backdrop of rising tensions with Beijing.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called both sides across the Taiwan Strait a community of shared destiny that can not be prised apart.

Meanwhile, mainland authorities opposed any "Taiwan independence" activities and urged Taipei to abandon its independence stance.

"Only by recognizing the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus can the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations be maintained". China sees the island as a province, while some people on Taiwan-a territory with its own democratically elected government-believe the island should be completely independent, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The 1992 Consensus embodies the one-China principle.

In 2012, it met then Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou to push for permission for Taiwan citizens to become full-fledged members of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference, an advisory body to the ruling Communist Party.

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