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Taiwan stages anti-invasion exercise as Chinese threat escalates

An F-16 screamed into the sky then landed in pineapple fields in the southwest corner of Taiwan to refuel quickly before taking off again

JIADONG, Taiwan – An F-16 screeched across the sky and then landed on a highway surrounded by pineapple fields in southwest Taiwan to refuel before taking off again.

Four military planes, including the Taiwan-made Indigenous Defensive Fighter, the US-made F-16V, and the French-made Mirage 2000-5, landed in Jiadong early Wednesday morning – simulating what they would do if their air base was damaged by enemy forces.

The simulation is part of the five-day Han Guang military exercise in Taiwan designed to prepare the island’s forces for an attack from China, which claims Taiwan as part of its own territory. The annual exercise was smaller this year due to restrictions related to COVID-19.

Over the past two years, the threat from China has increased, as the People’s Liberation Army flies fighter jets to Taiwan almost daily in an attempt to intimidate and harass the Chinese air force. Isle.

In August, Chinese fighter jets, anti-submarine planes and combat ships conducted joint assault exercises near Taiwan with China, saying the exercise was necessary to safeguard its sovereignty.


Wu reported from Taipei.


ABC News