- Title: TAIWAN: Around 200 military personnel participate in a live-fire military drill
- Date: 5th July 2012
- Summary: HSINCHU COUNTY, TAIWAN (JULY 5, 2012) (REUTERS) M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZERS LINING UP M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER FIRING VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS OBSERVING MILITARY DRILL SEA VARIOUS OF M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER FIRING WIND SOCK NEAR SEA SOLDIERS WATCHING DRILL SEA VARIOUS OF M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) COMMANDER OF ARTILLERY MILITARY DRILL, CHEN JUN-YUAN SAYING: "Under the the basic outline for the security of country, our army is implementing anti-land attacks to deal with the red army, and so our army is advancing anti-land attacks. During this period of time, our live-fire army has been assigned the job of anti live-fire attacks". MORE OF M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER FIRING M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER AND MILITARY PERSONNEL SEA VARIOUS OF M110-A2 SELF-PROPELLED HOWIZER FIRING
- Embargoed: 20th July 2012 13:00
- Location: Taiwan, Province of China
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Conflict,Defence / Military
- Reuters ID: LVAB609B05ECFYKR46J6D16ZM5QJ
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- Story Text: Around 200 Taiwanese military personnel participated in a live-fire drill in the country's northern Hsinchu county on Thursday (July 5).
In the drill, 24 of the M110-A2 Self-propelled Howitzer lined up to fire towards the sea.
The drill took place with both the military forces and special service personnel preparing to strengthen its military self-defense in a simulation of a military attack from China.
Chen Jun-yuan, commander of artillery for the military drill, said the defense for Taiwan's security is crucial.
"Under the the basic outline for the security of country, our army is implementing anti-land attacks to deal with the red army, and so our army is advancing anti-land attacks. During this period of time, our live-fire army has been assigned the job of anti live-fire attacks," he said, referring to the Chinese army as the 'red army'.
China claimed Taiwan as its own since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949 and has vowed to bring the island under its rule.
The U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979 but remains the island's biggest ally and arms supplier.
Beijing has voiced strong opposition to arms sales deals between Taiwan and Washington.
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