Taipei holds live-fire drill amid tensions with mainland China

Taipei holds live-fire drill amid tensions with mainland China

Chinese Taipei has conducted a live-fire military exercise to test the combat readiness of the self-ruled Island’s troops and the firepower of its armored divisions, in a show of force amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

Chinese Taipei’s army carried out the live ammunition military drill at Kengzikou Training Center in northwestern Hsinchu County on Tuesday, during which two platoons of battle tanks opened fire at mock invading forces from the sea.

Taipei has compiled a budget of about US$1.45 billion to purchase 108 M1A2T battle tanks from the United States to add to its 1,000 tanks already in service.

According to Press TV quoting the Chinese Taipei’s National Defense Ministry, the army has planned to build two tank training facilities in Hsinchu County next year as it is scheduled to receive the new American tanks from 2024 to 2026.

The drill came a day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed…

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