The Taiwan Marine Corps held its first combat readiness exercise after the re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Thursday (January 16).
This time it was the Marine Corps special service team that performed mixed martial arts, applied shooting and special operations exercises. The exercise simulated that a certain radar station was occupied by enemy agents. The special service team rushed to help, subduing the enemy and freeing the hostages. In addition, the Taiwan National Army’s Missile Speedboat fired the Xiongfeng-2 missile against the invading enemy ship.
The day before, a brigade of the Taiwan National Army conducted an army preparation exercise on January 15. As usual in similar preparations for war, the imaginary enemy of the Taiwan military is the Chinese Communist Liberation Army. In the face of China’s military threats and intimidation, Taiwan must deal with possible Chinese military invasion.
China claims that Taiwan is part of its territory and will not hesitate to use force when necessary to achieve reunification.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, reiterated China’s threat to Taiwan on Thursday (January 16).
He said: “Taiwan has never been a country, Taiwan is a sacred and inalienable part of China… Our determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is as firm as a rock, and we will never allow anyone, any organization, any political party, Split any piece of Chinese territory from China at any time, in any form!”
Ma Xiaoguang responded to an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC on January 15th in response to the successful reelection of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
In the interview, Tsai Ing-wen said that the autonomous sovereignty of Taiwan is beyond doubt. She said: “We don’t need to declare that we are an independent country.” “We are already an independent country. We call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan).”
The Associated Press reported that China far surpassed Taiwan in the number of aircraft, warships and missiles. China threatens Taiwan with its asymmetric military advantage, forcing Taiwan to upgrade its defense capabilities. Taiwan purchased 66 advanced F16V fighters from the United States last year to strengthen the defense capabilities of the Taiwan Air Force.
During the nearly four years of President Tsai Ing-wen of the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party, China has continuously increased its military intimidation against Taiwan, holding military exercises along the Taiwan Strait, sending military aircraft to cruise around Taiwan, and sending aircraft carriers to pass through the Taiwan Strait.