By: Lu Hsin-hui and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The live-fire drills of Taiwan’s annual Han Kuang military
exercises kicked off Monday, simulating an attack from China.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), in his capacity as commander of the Armed Forces of the nation, inspected the soldiers who participated in the second stage of the “Han Kuang 31” series of exercises at a military base in northern Hsinchu County.
The war games, which will run through Sept. 11, are taking place on Taiwan proper and on the country’s outlying islands and will see the Army, Navy and Air Force test their joint operations in the event of war. They follow computer-aided war games held in May.
There will be more drills this year than last year, according to Maj. Gen. Zhong Shu-ming (鍾樹明), director of the Ministry of National Defense’s Joint Operation Division. [FULL STORY]