Taipei (Reuters)-Taiwan’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that if China launches an offensive, Taiwan will engage in the final battle. He added that this is likely to happen as China’s military pressure on the island near Taiwan, including aircraft carrier exercises, is increasing.
Taiwan, praised by the Chinese, complains that Beijing has been carrying out military activities in recent months, and the Chinese Air Force appears in the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone almost every day. On Monday, China said that an aircraft carrier group was conducting exercises near the island.
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“We are willing to defend ourselves without a doubt. If we need to fight, we will fight. If we need to defend ourselves to the last day, we will defend ourselves to the last day.”
Taiwan’s most important international supporter and weapons supplier, Washington, has been pushing Taipei to modernize its military in order to make it a “porcupine,” which is difficult for China to attack.
Wu Bangguo said that they are determined to improve their military capabilities and invest more in national defense.
“It is our responsibility to defend Taiwan. We will do our best to improve our defense capabilities.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated in another event that they will conduct an eight-day computer-assisted war game when China launches an offensive against Taiwan this month. This is the first stage of Taiwan’s largest annual war game. Light exercises.
The second phase, including on-site fire drills, will take place in July.
Major General Liu Yuping told reporters: “The exercise is designed based on the most severe enemy threats and simulates all possible situations of Taiwan’s invasion of the enemy.”
The second phase of the Taiwan war will mobilize about 8,000 reserve personnel to participate in live ammunition, anti-landing exercises, and hospitals where exercises are held to deal with a large number of casualties.
When asked whether the de facto U.S. Embassy in Washington would send representatives to participate in the exercise, Liu said that due to military sensitivity, the plan is “under discussion” but “will not be implemented.”
Taiwan did not disclose where the Chinese aircraft carrier group is currently or whether it will sail near the controversial US aircraft carrier group currently in the South China Sea.
In a speech to Congress, Deputy Defense Minister Zhang Cheping said that the actions of the Chinese aircraft carrier were closely watched and described its exercises as routine.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee; additional reporting by Tung Chee-hwa; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore