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Military set to stage live- fire exercises next week


Taiwan will stage a series of live-fire military exercises next week aimed at demonstrating how the nation's armed forces would fight off an attack from China, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.

The military drills, which are set to begin next Monday, would include simulations of fighting off waves of landing vessels, defending bases and airfields against airborne assaults and repelling attacks by Chinese special forces, the ministry said.

The military also planned to land fighter aircraft on a section of closed-off freeway, a ministry officer said.

This would simulate a scenario whereby airbases had been rendered unusable by enemy attacks thus forcing aircraft to refuel and re-equip in alternative locations.

This will be the second stage of the annual Han Kuang -- or "Han Glory" -- exercise.

The first phase took place last month by means of computer simulations, during the course of which Taiwan's military claimed it could launch missile strikes against China in the event of an attack.

That announcement drew a rebuke from the US which urged Taiwan not to develop "offensive" weapons.

Next week's live-fire exercises will take place all over Taiwan and will also include the island of Penghu.

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