Staff writer, with CNAA Chinese military exercise scheduled to take place in the Taiwan Strait tomorrow is just a routine drill of no major significance, and the nation’s military has not increased its level of combat readiness, Ministry of National Defense and security officials said yesterday. National Security Bureau Director-General Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹) agreed, saying that the scale of the Chinese military exercise is roughly at a battalion level, and it is not aimed at any specific political party in Taiwan. “It is a far cry from the 1996 missile crisis triggered by a joint military exercise across the Taiwan Strait. Asked if the military exercises held in 1995 and 1996 and those planned for tomorrow have similarities, Chang said the differences were more significant. “The area where Chinese troops held military exercises in 1996 simulating joint attacks on Taiwan actually crossed over the median line of the Taiwan Strait,” Chang said.
Source: Taipei Times April 16, 2018 15:56 UTC