Taipei: Inspired by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Taiwan’s largest annual military exercises began on Monday with trench warfare and the deployment of shoulder-launched stinger missiles against replicated Chinese attacks.
Democratic Taiwan always fears that it will be annexed by China, which sees the independent island as a part of its territory that may be taken by force if necessary.
Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased concerns that Beijing would actually carry out its threats to acquire its weaker and more vulnerable neighbour.
The five-day “Han Kuang” (Han Glory) war games this year, which simulated “all potential tactics” China may use to conquer Taiwan,
This year’s five-day “Han Kuang” (Han Glory) war games have incorporated lessons from the ongoing European war, simulating “all possible actions” China could take to invade Taiwan, according to the defence ministry.
The United States’ Central Intelligence Agency director recently said China is likely to use force in Taiwan the way Russia has been doing against Ukraine.
According to a database, Taiwan experienced 969 warplane incursions by China into its air defence zone last year, more than double the roughly 380 in 2020.
In a drill on Monday aimed at preventing enemies from entering the capital, Taipei, reservists armed with machine guns ran into sandbagged trenches dug beneath a bridge before taking up firing position in a drill aimed at preventing enemies from entering Taipei.