Taiwan’s military said it will conduct live-fire drills this week to simulate the defense of the island in the event of an invasion.
“We will train to counter enemy attacks on Taiwan,” Lou Woei-jye, a spokesman for the Eighth Corps of the Taiwan Army, told AFP.
Lu Wei Jie stressed that the Taiwanese exercises “were scheduled, and were not in response to the ongoing Chinese exercises.”
He stressed that the island’s drills were scheduled and were not in response to the ongoing Chinese exercises.
The Taiwanese army indicated that the island’s forces will train to deal with landings on Tuesday and Thursday in Pingtung County in the far south, noting that hundreds of soldiers and about 40 howitzers will be deployed to conduct the drills.
On Monday, China continued joint air and naval military exercises, which it launched in the wake of the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan’s Capital, Taipei last week, defying Western appeals to end these drills that have been going on for several days around the island.
Beijing has been conducting large military drills since last Thursday in a number of areas around the island, only 20 km from the island’s coast, according to social media.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the drills aim to besiege the island and control the airspace.
As soon as the drills began, Taiwan stressed that its army are prepared for war without striving for it.
Last Tuesday, Pelosi arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport, the first trip to the island by the US House speaker since 1997.
Her unannounced visit to the island attracted fierce criticism from Beijing and prompted Beijing to summon the US ambassador.
In response to Pelosi’s visit to the island, China launched military drills near the island.