- Title: TAIWAN: TAIWAN CONTINUES MILITARY EXERCISES
- Date: 2nd March 1996
- Summary: QUEMOY ISLAND (KINMEN), TAIWAN (MARCH 2, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/SV TAIWANESE SOLDIERS JOGGING (3 SHOTS) 0.13 2. LV OUTPOST, SOLDIER STANDING GUARD (2 SHOTS) 0.25 3. LV GROUND TROOPS, VARIOUS OF CAMOUFLAGE EXERCISE (4 SHOTS) 0.37 4. LV SOLDIERS LYING ON GROUND / AIMING WEAPONS 0.43 5. LV VEHICLE USED BY NAVAL OPERATIONS / SV NAVAL VESSELS (2 SHOTS) 1.01 6. SLV RADAR STATION 1.08 7. SV NIGHT TROOPS ON EARLY MORNING PATROL 1.17 8. SLV/LV NIGHT EARLY MORNING TRAINING (2 SHOTS) 1.38 9. GV SOLDIERS WAITING AT BUS STATION 1.49 10.SV SOLDIERS BOARDING BUS (2 SHOTS) 1.59 11.SLV MILITARY VEHICLE DRIVING DOWN STREET 2.04 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 17th March 1996 12:00
- Location: QUEMOY ISLAND (KINMEN), TAIWAN
- Country: China
- Reuters ID: LVA8JUKEVR4VBJ205YRHDMID29O1
- Story Text: Taiwan said on Saturday (March 2) China had begun reinforcing its air force units for a planned major military exercise opposite the island but the war games had not begun.
Meanwhile, the island continued its own military exercises on Quemoy island, which is also called Kinmen, facing China's Fujian province.
Taiwan has said China is massing troops for the exercise to scare away support for front-runner President Lee Teng-hui in the island's first direct presidential elections on March 23.
Reinforcements began arriving on Friday after bad weather earlier led to a reduction in the number of planes, a military spokesman said. He did not say where the planes were landing.
"Before February 29, the number of aircraft of the communist Chinese Air Force had decreased because of the weather, but starting from March 1 when the weather started to get better, the number of planes taking part in training operations is increasing," the spokesman said.
But the spokesman said China had not begun the military exercise along its southeast coast facing Taiwan.
The commander of United States (U.S.) military forces in Asia and the Pacific, Admiral Joseph Prueher, said on Thursday that Chinese military exercises off Taiwan seemed to have "abated" in the last few days.
Beijing, rivals with Taipei since a civil war in 1949, fears that the elections may be a plot by Taipei to pursue a separatist path. China vows to attack Taiwan if it declares independence.
Beijing is especially critical of Lee, accusing him of paying only lip service to reunification.
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