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Taiwan holds military ‘invasion’ drill as China tensions rise

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07.06.2018

THOUSANDS of Taiwanese troops aided by fighter jets, helicopters, and civilian drones fought back in a simulated invasion Thursday amid escalating tensions with China.

Live-fire drills began Monday with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold — by force if necessary.

Relations between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated since President Tsai Ing-wen was elected in 2016, as her government refuses to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of “one China”.

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Tsai watched Thursday’s session of the ongoing “Han Kuang” (Han Glory) exercise involving 4,100 soldiers, attack helicopters and fighter jets from an air base in Taichung, according to the AFP.

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© Asian Correspondent