Taiwan begins military exercises

Live-fire military manoeuvres aimed at testing response to attack from China.

    The exercises are designed to test Taiwan's response to an attack from the mainland [Reuters]
    Known as Han Kuang, or "Chinese Glory", the exercises reflect Taiwan's concerns over Beijing's growing military clout.
     
    China has threatened to use force against Taiwan - which it regards as a "renegade province" - if it formally declares independence from the mainland.
     
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    Taiwan split from mainland China following the end of the civil war in 1949 and the retreat of Nationalist forces to the island.
     
    Since then both sides have lived in a state of constant military readiness.
     
    The exercises come less than a week after the crash of an ageing 1970s era F-5F jet left four servicemen dead, including two visiting soldiers from Singapore.
     
    That incident followed the crash of a Vietnam War-era army helicopter in April that killed eight personnel.
     
    The crashes have raised concerns over the age and maintenance of Taiwan's military aircraft.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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