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Chinese drills to resume after vote

By Lu Li-shih 呂禮詩

However, it is worth noting that the internal and external factors that have forced the PLA to temporarily suspend its encirclement exercises will probably dissolve once the Nov. 24 elections are over.

The Republic of China Navy should draw a lesson from a near collision last month between a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the PLA Navy’s guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou while the US ship was operating within 12 nautical miles (22.2km) of Gaven Reef (Nansyun Reef, 南薰礁) and Johnson Reef (Chigua Reef, 赤瓜礁) in the South China Sea.

If the PLA resumes its encirclement exercises after the elections, whether with aircraft or surface ships, the nation’s military must ensure it is fully prepared for all eventualities.

Lu Li-shih is a former instructor at the Republic of China Naval Academy and a former captain of the ROCS Hsin Chiang.

Translated by Edward Jones

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