Taiwan conducts live-fire drills

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry held a live-fire drill to check the condition of the artillery and the combat readiness of the force.

Lou Woei-jye, spokesman for the 8th Army Corps of Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces, said that the unit held training in how to fire grenades and flares on August 11 as part of a defensive drill.

The drill began at 8:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. Hanoi time) in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, and lasted about an hour, Lou said.

Photographs of the exercise show Taiwanese self-defense troops deploying howitzers along the coast and firing at mock targets offshore. Two days earlier, the Taiwan Defense Force held a similar live-fire drill in Pingtung County.

Taiwan's self-defence soldiers fire howitzers during drills on Aug.  Photo: Reuters.

Taiwan’s self-defence soldiers fire howitzers during drills on Aug. Image: Reuters.

Taiwan’s Self-Defense Force said hundreds of troops took part in two drills on August 9 and August 11, but insisted it was a pre-planned operation and was not in response to the military’s drills. China.

“We set two goals for the drills, including confirming the combat readiness and maintenance results of the howitzer, as well as confirming last year’s results,” said Lou Woei-jye, spokesman. 8th Army Corps spokesman for Taiwan’s defense, said.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces regularly hold simulated defense drills before the Chinese military’s amphibious operation.

The latest exercise by the Taiwan Defense Force comes a day after the Chinese military declared it “successfully accomplished its tasks” in the Taiwan Strait area. The Chinese military also affirmed that it continues to closely monitor the situation in the strait, regularly patrols the area, and will hold more drills to maintain combat readiness in the future.

The Chinese military previously held a long live-fire drill around the island of Taiwan after the visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on August 2-3, an activity that is considered unprecedented. yes. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it had deployed aircraft and warships to “respond appropriately”.

The island of Taiwan and the strait of the same name.  Graphics: CSIS.

The island of Taiwan and the strait of the same name. Graphics: CSIS.

Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP)

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