Staff writer, with CNAThe Ministry of National Defense yesterday — a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) reasserted China’s right to use force against Taiwan — made public this year’s schedule of combat drills designed to boost the military’s readiness. The annual exercises are divided into four components, Operations and Planning Division head Major General Yeh Kuo-hui (葉國輝) said. The drills and training routines would incorporate newly adopted tactics for defending against a possible Chinese invasion, Yeh said. However, “we make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means” to serve the end, Xi added. “We want to assure citizens that the military is constantly improving its combat preparedness and stands ready to fight for the survival of the Republic of China,” he said.
Source: Taipei Times January 09, 2019 15:56 UTC