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War game to simulate China carrier attack: report

Taiwan's annual computer war games to be held next week are designed to test local armed forces' combat strategies and tactics in the face of a invasion led by China's first aircraft carrier, a paper said yesterday.

The report quoted military sources as saying that the war games, slated for July 8 to 12, will simulate a People's Liberation Army (PLA) invasion from Taiwan's East Coast in the year 2017.

The simulated PLA attack is expected to feature Liaoning (遼寧號), the first aircraft carrier commissioned into PLA and J-15 fighter jets, both the Chinese armed forces latest weapons, the report said.

The computerized exercises are part of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang 29 military exercise. The first part of the annual series of exercises, featuring a live fire drill, was conducted in April.

President Ma Ying-jeou will preside over the war games at Heng Shan Military Command Center (衡山指揮所) in Taipei, and the U.S. military will send a delegation to observe the drill, a custom that has been practiced for years, the report added.

During the drill, Taiwan's armed forces could deploy Hsiung Feng-III anti-ship cruise missiles. The Hsiung Feng-III has been hailed by local military experts as "an aircraft-carrier killer." The latest supersonic missile can cause greater damage by penetrating a vessel's exterior before exploding inside the cabin, according to local experts.

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier was commissioned into the PLA Navy on Sept. 25, 2012 after undergoing successful sea trials. Foreign experts have predicted that it is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

Military No Comment

Military spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) yesterday refused to comment on the report and the scenarios that will be tested during the war games.

The Han Kuang military drills — Taiwan's most important annual war games involving all military branches.

The exercise has been the largest military drill for local armed forces since 1984. It is held to test armed forces' ability to fight off an invasion by mainland Chinese forces.

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