Taiwan holds military drills as tensions escalate with China

TAIPEI – Taiwan’s president told a gathering of US senators and former US, Australian and Japanese defense ministers that a coordinated response was needed in the face of “unprecedented challenges” as the island waged a series of military and civilian preparation exercises over five days. .

Officially known as the Han Kuang drills, Taiwan’s annual military drills took on greater prominence amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, helping to heighten fears in the West that the China could attack Taiwan. The Chinese Communist Party, which claims the autonomous island as part of its territory, has pledged to take control of it, by force if necessary.


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