Taiwan began a series of military drills on Monday that will last for the rest of the week and will put the island’s defenses to the test during a simulated conflict with China.
The Han Kuang war games, now in their 37th year, will include a simulation of a biological attack in Tainan City, which will be used to test Taipei’s military response.
Soldiers were transferred to adjacent civilian hospitals for treatment as part of the drill.
The simulations will put Taiwan’s defenses to the test in the event of a Chinese military attack. After key officials visited the United States for increased defense and security talks, training began.
Air Force fighter airplanes, C-120 cargo planes, F-16Vs, and Mirage 2000s were dispatched to Hualien Air Base in eastern Taiwan by the Hengshen Command Center. Similarly, naval units departed their home ports.
The games were originally slated to take place in July, but were postponed owing to a COVID-19 outbreak, and the drills were scaled back to prevent the virus from spreading.
Tensions have existed between Beijing and Taipei for a long time, because mainland China considers Taiwan to be a renegade province, while Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state. More than a dozen Chinese fighter jets breached Taiwan’s air defense zone a week ago.
The Han Kuang military exercises, which have been held every years since 1984, will run through Friday.