By Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that the United States sees the risk of this happening in the context of China. The nation increased military pressure, including carrier exercises, near the island.
China-claimed Taiwan has been complaining about repeated Beijing military activities in recent months, with China’s air force attacking almost daily in the identification area. Taiwan’s air defense. On Monday, China said a carrier strike group was doing exercises near the island.
Joseph Wu told reporters at the ministry: “From my limited understanding of American policymakers watching the developments in this region, they clearly see the danger that China might launch an action. attack against Taiwan.
“We are ready to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight if we need to fight. And if we need to defend until the last day, we will defend until the very end. “
Washington, Taiwan’s most important supplier of international weapons and support, has been pushing Taipei to modernize its military so it can become a “hedgehog” that is difficult for China to attack.
Wu said it was determined to improve its military capabilities and spend more on defense.
“The defense of Taiwan is our responsibility. We will try in every possible way to improve our defenses.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said at a separate event it will host eight days of computer-aided war games this month on China’s attack on Taiwan, forming an early stage. Taiwan’s largest annual war game, Han Kuang drills.
The second phase, which includes live fire drills, will take place in July.
“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios of an enemy invasion of Taiwan,” said Major General Liu Yu- Ping told reporters.
The second phase of Taiwan’s war games will involve mobilizing some 8,000 reserve troops to participate in live-fire drills, anti-amphibious exercises, and hospitals holding drills to fight off. deal with heavy casualties.
When asked if Washington’s de facto embassy, the American Institute in Taiwan, would send representatives to the exercise, Liu said such plans were “discussed” but “would not be. made “, under military sensitive grounds.
Taiwan has not said where the Chinese carrier group is currently, or if it will continue to the disputed South China Sea, where a group of US aircraft carriers currently operates.
Speaking to parliament, Deputy Defense Minister Chang Che-ping said the Chinese carrier’s activities were being closely monitored and described its drills as routine.
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