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Taiwan’s military skills improve as Chinese drills continue

The combat skills of the Taiwanese military are improving and it is better able to fight thanks to repeated combat readiness missions as reactions to Chinese manoeuvres, the Island country’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday.

China staged war games immediately after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei last month. The visit angered China, which saw it as a strong show of US support for the island Beijing claims as its own territory. Chinese military activities close to Taiwan have continued since then.

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Speaking to air force personnel at the Hualien air base on Taiwan’s east coast, President Tsai said the situation around the Taiwan Strait remained tense and the threat had not gone away.

“In the face of challenges, our national military has calmly responded to the enemy’s intents at the intrusion and have tenaciously defended the country’s security,” she said.

I believe that after this period of combat readiness missions, our national military’s combat skills are more mature and its combat power is more powerful,” Taiwan’s head of state emphasised. She added that she was “extremely proud” of the armed forces.

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The overall military balance between China and Taiwan is tilting to China’s favor, and the gap appears to be growing year and year.

While the PLA proceeds to expand its missile, naval, and air forces,…

— Japan Ministry of Defense/Self-Defense Forces (@ModJapan_en) September 6, 2022

Taiwan will protect itself

Taiwan’s military is also holding two days of drills starting late Tuesday around Hengchun on the far southern tip of the island. Military equipment including Apache attack helicopters, Ching-kuo Indigenous Defence Fighters, artillery and drones will take part in the drills.

Taiwan has set defence as the theme for this year’s October 10 national day, with the slogan “You and me join together to protect the land and defend the country”, organisers said on Tuesday.

Taiwan’s democratically-elected government says that as the People’s Republic of China has never ruled the island, it has no right to claim it or decide its future, which can only be set by Taiwan’s people.

#China's FM: No one can halt the historical process of China's complete #reunification.

— Ambassador Deng Xijun (@China2ASEAN) September 5, 2022

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

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