Taiwan air force stages drill amid tensions with China

Taiwan air force stages drill amid tensions with China

Taiwan’s air force has conducted a drill simulating a war situation to show the self-ruled island’s combat readiness amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

The exercises were carried out at a base in the southern city of Chiayi on Wednesday, where Taiwanese jets took off into the sky as part of a three-day drill to show off the self-governed island’s military prowess ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of this month.

Flight crews rushed to ready aircraft as an alarm sounded before takeoff at the base, home to US-made F-16 fighter jets, which frequently scrambles jets to intercept Chinese planes.

Major Yen Hsiang-sheng told reporters that with the very high frequency of Chinese planes entering Taipei’s self-designated air defense identification zone (ADIZ), “pilots from our wing are very experienced and have dealt with almost all types of their aircraft.”

The latest development comes as tensions among Chinese Taipei, China, and…

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