Radio Taiwan International
President Tsai Ing-wen says a military exercise at the naval base in Suao on Taiwan’s
northeast coast is not aimed at competing with China.
Tsai was speaking Friday morning after boarding a Kidd-class destroyer to oversee the drill. This is the first time that the president has boarded a navy ship to supervise an exercise since taking office in May 2016.
The president said the port defense drill demonstrated Taiwan’s military capability in the air, at sea, underwater and on the ground, using self-defense and multilayer deterrence tactics.
On Thursday, China held its largest ever maritime drill in the disputed South China Sea. Tsai rejected media speculation that Taiwan’s port drill sought to compete with China.