By: Lu Hsin-hui, Chu Tze-wei and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Taiwan staged a cross-agency humanitarian rescue drill in waters around Taiping
Island in the South China Sea Tuesday, the first of its kind since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) spoke of her government’s intention to turn the island into a base for humanitarian assistance.
Three aircraft and eight vessels took part in the exercise code-named “Nanyuan (Southern Aid) No. 1 (南援一號)”, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).
CGA Minister Lee Chung-wei (李仲威) was there to inspect the drill, in which reporters from several international wire services and Japanese media outlets were invited to cover, said CGA.
The drill simulated a fire on the deck of a foreign cargo ship, which caused some of the injured crew members to jump ship near Taiping Island. [FULL STORY]