Taiwan launches artillery exercise

Taïwan launches artillery exercise


Taiwan's military began a live ammunition artillery drill on Tuesday simulating the island's defense against an attack by China, following large-scale military maneuvers near the part of Beijing, noted an AFP journalist on the spot. 

Lou Woei-jye, spokesman for the eighth army corps of Taiwan, confirmed that the exercises began in Pingtung County (south) shortly after 0040 GMT with flares and artillery fire. he added.

The drills, with a second scheduled for Thursday, will involve the deployment of several hundred troops and about 40 howitzers, the military said. 

< p>China launched its biggest military maneuvers around Taiwan last week in response to a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan. self-governing island for decades.

China considers Taiwan, with a population of around 23 million, to be one of its provinces, which it has yet to successfully reunite with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949). 

Mr. Lou said on Monday that the Taiwanese exercises were already scheduled and were not a response to ongoing Chinese exercises.

The island regularly holds military exercises simulating a Chinese invasion and last month trained to repel attacks from the sea in a “Joint Intercept Operation”, as part of its largest annual exercise.