Taiwan holds anti-invasion drill as China threat heightens
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Taiwan holds anti-invasion drill as China threat heightens

Last Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:39 pm ADT

In this photo released by the Military News Agency, a tank prepares to take part in the annual Han Kuang live-fire drills in Hualian, eastern Taiwan in the early hours of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Military News Agency via AP)

JIADONG, Taiwan (AP) — An F-16 screeched across the sky then landed on a highway surrounded by pineapple fields in southwestern Taiwan to quickly refuel before taking off again.

Four military aircraft, including Taiwan’s self-made Indigenous Defensive Fighter, the U.S.-made F-16V and the French-made Mirage 2000-5, landed in Jiadong early Wednesday morning — simulating what they would do if their air base were damaged by enemy forces.

The simulation is part of Taiwan’s five-day Han Guang military exercise designed to prepare the island’s forces for an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as part of its own territory. The annual exercise was smaller this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In the last two years, the threat from China has risen, as the People’s Liberation Army flies fighter jets towards Taiwan on a near-daily basis in an effort to intimidate and harass the island’s air forces.

In August, Chinese fighter jets, anti-submarine aircraft and combat ships conducted joint assault drills near Taiwan with China saying the exercise was necessary to safeguard its sovereignty.


Wu reported from Taipei.

Johnson Lai And Huizhong Wu, The Associated Press

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