App
International Edition

Friday

March 31, 2017

Breaking News, World News and Taiwan News.
About Us
Subscribe
Advertise
Contact Us

Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises set to begin today

TAIPEI--The annual Han Kuang military exercises are scheduled to begin today, including a live-fire drill, to test Taiwan's combat readiness amid a growing military threat from China, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The exercises will take place April 15-19 based on a simulated scenario in which Taiwan has to defend itself against military strikes by China, the ministry said.

The Han Kuang exercises — Taiwan's most important war games that involve the Army, the Air Force and the Navy — will be conducted around the clock for five consecutive days, during which the live-fire drill is set to be held in the Penghu Islands off southwestern Taiwan April 17, the ministry said.

The indigenous Thunderbolt-2000 multiple rocket launcher will be debuted during the live-fire exercise, the ministry said.

President Ma Ying-jeou is scheduled to pay an inspection visit to the Penghu part of the drill, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said.

The military has not used live ammunition in the Han Kuang exercises since 2008, according to the ministry.

A second part of the Han Kuang exercises are computer-aided war games that are slated for July, the ministry said.

Taiwan and China have been historic rivals since the end of a civil war in China in 1949, but relations between them have been warming up since 2008, when President Ma Ying-jeou came to office in Taiwan.

Write a Comment
CAPTCHA Code Image
Type in image code
Change the code
 Receive our promos
 Respond to this email
MOST POPULAR OF THIS SECTION
Subscribe  |   Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Career  |   Contact Us
Sitemap  |   Top Stories  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |   Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary
Travel  |   Movies  |   TV Listings  |   Classifieds  |   Bookstore  |   Getting Around  |   Weather  |   Guide Post  |   Student Post  |   Terms of Use  |   Sitemap
  chinapost search