Taiwan’s military fired air and island shore missiles against China on Thursday in a live-fire exercise to demonstrate its ability to defend itself against any Chinese invasion. Assault helicopters launched rockets and fighter jets dropped bombs on targets at sea while tanks and rocket trucks fired from a beach to deter a simulated invading force.
“We want the world to see our determination and efforts to protect our country.” President Tsai Ing-wen said, observing the exercise in a helmet and green military uniform. The drill was part of an annual five-day exercise, which ends Friday.
China sees Taiwan as part of its territory, as a breakaway province. The 24 million-strong self-governing island lies 160 kilometers (100 miles) across the Taiwan Strait off China’s southeast coast.