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World Taiwan jets land on highway for Chinese invasion wargame

10:26  15 september  2021
10:26  15 september  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets can land , refuel and rearm on the island's highways Tuesday as part of its largest annual exercise simulating defence against a Chinese invasion . The self-ruled island has long lived under the threat of invasion by Beijing which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to take it back by force if necessary. Chinese military and diplomatic pressure has been significantly ramped up since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose government refuses to acknowledge that the self-ruled island is part of "one China ".

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Fighter jets practised landing on a highway in southern Taiwan on Wednesday as part of an annual live-fire military exercise that simulates defending the island against an invasion by China.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a grass covered field: A US-made F16 fighter jet takes off from a motorway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan © Sam Yeh A US-made F16 fighter jet takes off from a motorway in Pingtung, southern Taiwan

Democratic Taiwan lives under constant threat of invasion by Beijing, which claims the island as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.

a airplane that is on top of a lush green field: Taiwanese airforce fighter jets and an E-2K Early Warning Aircraft land and take off on a motorway in an exercise simulating a mock attack by enemies destroying their airbase. The military exercise is part of Taiwan's annual live-fire war games to prepare itself against a potential Chinese invasion. © Sean CHANG Taiwanese airforce fighter jets and an E-2K Early Warning Aircraft land and take off on a motorway in an exercise simulating a mock attack by enemies destroying their airbase. The military exercise is part of Taiwan's annual live-fire war games to prepare itself against a potential Chinese invasion.

Military tensions have risen to their highest in decades under President Xi Jinping with China now routinely sending fighter jets and nuclear capable bombers into Taiwan's air defence zone and state media regularly publicising invasion drills.

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Taiwanese fighter jets landed on a makeshift runway on a stretch of highway as the island’s annual military drills reached their peak. President Tsai Ing-wen, who has promised to modernise Taiwan ’s military, watched the display on Wednesday. The week-long Han Kuang drills are taking place around Taiwan , with other exercises to practise repelling a Chinese invasion , protecting critical infrastructure and night operations, although the highway drills are the most dramatic. Military police in the Taipei area were also dispatched at about midnight on Wednesday to respond to a simulated assault on key

Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets can land , refuel and rearm on the island's highways Tuesday as part of its largest annual exercise simulating defense against a Chinese invasion .

a fighter jet sitting on top of a grass covered field: An E2K early warning aircraft also took part in the drill using a road as a runway © Sam Yeh An E2K early warning aircraft also took part in the drill using a road as a runway

On Wednesday morning, various Taiwanese fighter jets as well as an early warning aircraft practised taking off and landing on a provincial highway in Pingtung county.

The drill, which was watched by President Tsai Ing-wen, is supposed to hone Taiwanese pilot skills if the island's airstrips are wiped out.

"Such excellent combat skills, precise and swift movements come from rigorous training and demonstrate the air force's confidence to protect our airspace," Tsai said in a post on her Facebook.

Part of its annual Han Kuang military exercises, Wednesday's drill took place on one of five highways that have been deliberately built with long sections that can accommodate planes landing.

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CHANGHUA, TAIWAN (AFP) - Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets can land , refuel and rearm on the island's highways on Tuesday (May 28) as part of its largest annual exercise simulating defence against a Chinese invasion . The self-ruled island has long lived under the threat of invasion by Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to take it back by force if necessary. Chinese military and diplomatic pressure has been significantly ramped up since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese fighter jets landed on a makeshift runway on a road on Wednesday as annual drills reached their peak, practising skills that would be needed in the event of an attack by China . In exercises overseen by President Tsai Ing-wen, three aircraft – an F-16, French-made Mirage and a Taiwan ’s mountainous east coast is home to two other airbases, with hangars hewn deep into the rock, providing much more solid protection. The week-long Han Kuang drills are taking place around Taiwan , with other exercises to practise repelling any Chinese invasion , protecting critical infrastructure and

An invasion of Taiwan would be a hugely costly and difficult endeavour but Beijing has increasingly closed the military gap in recent years and Xi has made no secret of his desire to see the island taken.

Senior US generals have publicly warned that China could potentially carry off an invasion and the defence of Taiwan has become a rare bipartisan issue in Washington.

Last year Chinese jets and bombers made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

The number of incursions for the first eight months of this year has already exceeded 400.

In June, 28 Chinese jets breached Taiwan's ADIZ in the largest single-day incursion. That came shortly after G7 leaders issued a landmark statement urging peace in the Taiwan Strait.

The previous biggest incursion -- 25 jets -- was in April after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China not to attempt to change the status quo of Taiwan.

Taiwan's ageing fighter fleet has suffered a string of fatal accidents in recent years as its air force is kept under constant pressure by China.

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