Taiwan Holds Massive Live-Firing War Drill Simulating Chinese Invasion

Earlier this week, Taiwanese newspapers published reports that Taiwan’s military would be conducting a massive five-day live-fire war drill starting Monday. As of Thursday, the military exercise is currently underway and is featuring joint operations of its air force, navy, and ground troops in simulating an attack by China.

The Han Kuang war drill has been carried out annually since the mid-1980s, and its function is used to prepare the Taiwanese military for an invasion via Beijing.

Even though the live-fire military drill began with the deadly crash of a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jet on the first day, the exercise continued across the island as scheduled throughout the week.

Taiwan simulated repulsing an invading force on Thursday at the Ching Chuan Kang air force base near the central city of Taichung. The live-fire field training exercise featured soldiers in red helmets playing the role of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops invading the airbase with helicopters while Taiwanese special forces were deployed with tanks and clashed on the airfield. There were even reports of fighter jets and attack helicopters overhead while paratroopers jumped from Lockheed C-130 Hercules planes.

Military tanks take part in the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

Soldiers from Taiwan’s special forces fight with soldiers simulated invasion from rival China during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

Taiwanese Air Force’s F-16 fighters launch flares during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

A military tank advances during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

Military tanks run from smoke during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

Taiwanese airborne soldiers jump off from a C-130 Hercules cargo plane during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

A Taiwan’s AH-1W Cobra Attack Helicopter launches flares during the annual Han Kuang exercises at an air base in Taichung County, Taiwan. (Source: Chiang Ying-ying, AP)

President Tsai Ing-wen arrived at the Jiupeng military base Thursday to watch the air defense missile launches as part of the annual military exercises, reported Taiwan News.

Local reports said the military fired domestic-manufactured missiles, including the Tien Kung I and II, respectively middle- and long-range surface-to-air missiles, which are critical components to the islands missile shields.

The firing of a Tien Kung 1 missile during the Han Kuang military exercise.(Source: Ministry of National Defense/ Central News Agency)

President Tsai also spectated the launch of U.S.-made MIM-104 Patriot missiles and the supersonic anti-ship Hsiung Feng III missiles designed to destroy the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) military vessels.

The firing of a MIM-104 Patriot missile during the Han Kuang military exercise. (Source: Ministry of National Defense/ Central News Agency)

The Central News Agency reported that several other exercises Thursday simulated air assaults by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

President Tsai told reporters, “the solid strength of our national army and I am very confident that our military forces have capabilities to fulfill the task of making effective use of deterrence and defense.”

“The strength of our national army is the guarantee of national security, the foundation of social prosperity, and the staunch backing of the values of democracy and freedom,” Tsai added.

The Han Kuang war drill is designed to show the military’s willingness and ability to thwart an invasion from China, which claims the self-governing island democracy as its own territory, and as of recent, China has launched a series of live-fire exercises off Taiwan’s coast. Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, however, it now seems as the region could be the next geopolitical flashpoint


rocymf BlackChicken Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

Because China is a Paper Tiger.

It's just that the USSA and her allies are an even bigger Paper Tiger.

On another note, the spouse had the local Taiwanese TV news station reporting on this war games crap while we were having dinner.

The Taiwanese media are following the standard, "BE AFRAID, BE AFRAID, BE AFRAID" narrative.

Then from the "news" report it was even louder screaming from commercials to "BUY, BUY, BUY."


Rinse and repeat....

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gdpetti tion Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

Taiwan is just another one of our Eastern colonies, like Japan and South Korea.... et al.... the Great Game dynamic of any and all empires throughout history... same as always here in 'Purgatory'... by design... there is a method to the madness.... of course, Taiwan is part of China... it was only a fishing island before we took our failed and corrupt Nationalist forces there to maintain a bridgehead... same as the European empires have been doing for a few centuries... our empire is no different.. like Rome, we prefer not to call it an empire... we pretend to be a democracy... all 'western' styled empires do that... one of the main differences between 'East' and 'west.... is this direct vs indirect 'face' issue.... the East has always been up-front imperial, whereas the West has always tended to hide its imperial face to its own public, but not to the world, which mainly saw its fists and spit in their eyes. All of this is classic... The european empires just caught China and most of the 'East' at a weak moment.. weak leadership in China especially allowed for all of this, including the Taiwan issue... remember that our general in the Indochina region during WW2 recommended we support Mao's team over Chang's.... as Mao was engaging the Japanese empire while Chang's mostly were not..... typical fake crap we see today in our imperial policies... from fake education to fake 'news' to fake tv shows, to fake wars, fake, fake fake....  basic imperial BS.

Ask the average Taiwanese.... most of this is for the oligarchy we support, not the people of Taiwan, who were taken over by Chang's army and the American empire's navy to protect their move there... the native people of Taiwan didn't support CHang.. is it any different today? Isn't this the same policy empires have always used? Find local corrupt people to front for you.... set them up if necessary... support them, finance them, train them... early on it usually works, but later on, it doesn't, which we see in all of our failed jihadi/contractor/merc units around the world... so that we have to send in ever more 'advisors'.. then, like Nam, we have to send in regular forces.. to maintain control of our colonies... to protect our drug industries... remember how we inherited the French drug business in 'Nam? Same in Afghanistan etc.... This was the old European imperial policy with China.... the Opium Wars etc.... nothing has really changed... except China isn't weak anymore and we are.... we are getting old, tired and weary of too much for too long.... the grunt work of maintaining the empire has been offshored.... outsourced... and that means we aren't up to the job anymore.... as those offshored armies are always up to the highest bidder... and our money is going out of fashion.

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Golden Showers Fri, 06/08/2018 - 03:07 Permalink

Laid back... Taiwan's in the motherfuckin' house.

You ever think that the stink in Taiwan might have anything to do with Nippon? Just even a little bit? Just maybe a little bit? Japan is still shady. They hide it. Hide it good. But you know a little influence and protection can go a long way in any proxy situation.

So much fucking money in Taiwan.

I've been thinking about getting my GED.

Never sit alone at a roulette table. Wait till that bitch is packed.

Adolfsteinbergovitch MARDUKTA Fri, 06/08/2018 - 03:20 Permalink

To colonize mars you would need something more consistent than carbon fiber space ship hulls. The whole carbon fiber in space thing is so beyond stupid...

Wait until polymers get destroyed by solar winds and cosmic rays and you will realize something you will never forget.

And we haven't yet talked about the piece de resistance: crossing the van Allen belts...

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Sorry_about_Dresden Fri, 06/08/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

Send the French delegation to consult on surrender protocol, and emergency shipment of the brown trousers. Yes?

PRC can send 10,000,000 volunteers if her soil is threatened, she responded w/ 1,000,000 when threatened by USSA. If NATO deploys in Taiwan, well, game over.

Ghost who Walks Fri, 06/08/2018 - 04:02 Permalink

I think the smoke, flashes and loud noises are to impress the locals that their taxes are being invested wisely.

Back in the real world both the Taiwanese and the Mainland Chinese run lots of scenarios, plots and policies through a process that uses the 36 stratagems. Here is a link; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Six_Stratagems

Since the ethnic Chinese recall and value their joint history, they look at the present and future possibilities through an understanding of what has worked in the past. The handy thing for them is the short phrase that encapsulates the strategy that everyone knows. In this case the Mainland are waiting while the enemy labours Yǐ yì dài láo.

Concertedmaniac Fri, 06/08/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

Not everyone supports ing-wen (ing-wen usually translates to ‘english language’) and it's a very complicated situation not broken down at all by this jerk off article. Where’s the usual ignorant dumb shit comment calling this a flashpoint for war? Fuck you in advance. 

tangent Fri, 06/08/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

Your neighbors will always care about your more than strangers thousands of miles away. Federalist government is wrong. 1 Billion Chinas is the best policy.