TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that the United States saw potential dangers amid China’s military pressure, including the imminent aircraft carrier exercise. island
Taiwan, claiming to be Chinese, has repeatedly complained about its military activities by Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force conducting almost daily attacks on Taiwan̵7;s air defense identification zones. On Monday, China said aircraft carriers were exercising near the island.
“From my limited understanding of the American decision-makers watching developments in the region, they clearly saw the dangers of the possibility of China attacking Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters in the ministry. His
“We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions, and we will fight in war if we have to fight in war. And if we have to protect ourselves until the last day, we will protect ourselves until the very end. “
Washington, Taiwan’s most important international arms supplier and supporter, has pushed for Taipei to modernize its military to make China a “hedgehog” that is hard to attack China.
Wu said they were committed to improving military capabilities and spending more on defense.
“Protecting Taiwan is our responsibility. We will make every effort to improve our defensive abilities. ”
Taiwan’s defense ministry said at another event that it would play a computer-based war game for eight days this month of China’s attacks on Taiwan, the first of Taiwan’s biggest annual war games. That was the Han Guang practice.
The second phase, including fire drills, will take place in July.
“The drills are designed around the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios of enemy aggression in Taiwan,” Major General Liu Yu-Ping told reporters.
The second part of Taiwan’s war game will involve mobilizing more than 8,000 reserve forces to take part in anti-landing drills and hospitals to hold drills to deal with the influx of casualties.
Asked if Washington’s de facto embassy, an American institution in Taiwan, would send its representatives to practice, Liu said the plan had been “discussed” but “not implemented”, citing the sensitivity of it. soldier
Taiwan did not specify where the Chinese carrier is at this time or whether it will be adjacent to the disputed South China Sea, where the US carrier group is working.
Deputy Defense Minister Chang Che-ping, speaking in parliament, said it was closely monitoring the movement of Chinese airlines and described the drills as routine.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Roger Tung; Edited by Simon Cameron-Moore