Taiwan held its largest military exercise since its founding in the 1900s, the Central News Agency reported this morning.
The main tasks of this exercise, which is dubbed “Han Guan”, is the development of joint operations on sea and land, anti-landing defense in the north, along with the south and central areas of the island.
It is noted that servicemen taking part in the maneuvers are divided into two groups – red and blue – to work out combat clashes.
As the agency notes, the exercises will work out the actions of the military in case of “invasion” of the forces of the People’s Liberation Army of China from different points of the Taiwan Strait.
The official relations between the central government of the PRC and the island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces, defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party headed by Chiang Kai-shek, moved to Taiwan.
Business and informal contacts between Taiwan and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties have started contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations through the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.