Taiwan to hold 8-day computer simulated war game drill of Chinese invasion

Taiwan will run an 8-day computer simulated war game this month, its defence ministry said days after China said an aircraft carrier was conducting drills near the island and that such exercises would become routine.

The computer will simulate a Chinese attack on Taiwan between April 23 to 30 and will form the first phase of Taiwan’s largest annual war games, the Han Kuang exercises, the ministry said on Wednesday.

A second phase of the drill will include live-fire drills sometime around July.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has come under increasing military pressure from Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.

“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan,” Major General Liu Yu-Ping told reporters.

He said the drills will use the Joint Theatre Level Simulation system and will run 24 hours a day.

China’s navy said on Monday a Chinese carrier group was conducting exercises near Taiwan and such drills would become regular, marking a further escalation of tensions.

On Tuesday, the United States announced that its its Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group will enter the South China Sea and conduct routine operations, its second such visit this year.

The second phase of Taiwan’s war games would involve mobilising some 8,000 reservists to join live-fire, anti-landing drills, and hospitals holding drills to deal with an influx of heavy casualties.

The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but it is its largest arms supplier. President Joe Biden’s administration has moved to reassure democratic Taiwan that its commitment to them is “rock solid”.