No military exercise held on Saturday

EMERGENCY RESPONSE:Major General Chen Chung-chi said units were activated as Chinese military aircraft flew near Taiwan, but he declined to say exactly which ones

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 12, 2016
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday denied that it launched a multi-branch exercise on

Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan attends a meeting at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Nov. 17. Photo: CNA

Saturday in response to Chinese military aircraft circling the international airspace around Taiwan.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday reported that the ministry initiated the Lien Hsiang exercise by the army, navy and air force that saw the deployment of F-16 jets, Indigenous Defense Fighter jets, Keelung-class destroyers, Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries and Sky Bow missile defense units.

The Chinese aircraft reportedly flew along Taiwan’s territorial airspace before encountering Japanese F-15 planes, which launched decoy flares at the Chinese aircraft over the Miyako Strait.

The newspaper said that the Chinese airplanes left the area after Taiwan’s missile defense system locked onto them.    [FULL  STORY]

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