The Washington Post
Date: April 13, 2018
By: Associated Press
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen reviewed military drills Friday ahead of planned war games by China amid rising tensions between the rivals.
Tsai went aboard a U.S.-made destroyer in the port of Su’ao as the island’s armed forces simulated breaking a blockade of the self-ruled island.
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has scheduled live-fire war games in the Taiwan Strait for next Wednesday. That follows Beijing’s heated objections to U.S. moves to strengthen relations with Taiwan’s democratic, independence-leaning government.
Despite a lack of formal ties, Washington is legally bound to respond to threats to Taiwan and is the island’s main supplier of foreign military hardware. [FULL STORY]