Taiwan’s defense ministry announced this month that it would hold eight days of computer-assisted war games, only days after China said an aircraft carrier was performing drills near the island and that such drills would become routine.
The first phase of Taiwan’s largest annual war games, the Han Kuang exercises, will be computer simulations of a Chinese assault on the island from April 23 to 30, according to the ministry.
In July, a second process will take place, which will include live-fire exercises.
claimed by the Chinese In recent months, Beijing has increased its military pressure on Taiwan, with China’s air force conducting almost regular sorties into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan,” Major General Liu Yu-Ping told reporters.
The exercises, he said, will be conducted using the Joint Theatre Level Simulation system and will take place 24 hours a day.
China’s navy announced on Monday that a Chinese carrier group was conducting exercises near Taiwan and that such drills would become routine, escalating tensions even further.
The US Navy announced the next day that its Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group had reached the South China Sea on April 4 to conduct routine operations, marking the group’s second visit this year.
The second phase of Taiwan’s war games will see 8,000 reservists mobilized to participate in live-fire exercises, anti-landing drills, and hospitals conducting drills to deal with a large influx of casualties.
When asked if the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy in Taiwan, would send representatives to oversee the exercises, Liu said that such a proposal had been “discussed” but “will not be enforced” due to military sensitivity.
Despite the fact that Washington has no official relations with Taipei, it is the country’s largest weapons supplier. The administration of President Joe Biden has taken steps to reassure democratic Taiwan that its commitment to them is “rock solid.”