Taiwan's drills a 'joke,' no match to the PLA: mainland

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/25 21:43:39

Island’s military no match to PLA

The Chinese mainland said military resistance to reunification will get Taiwan nowhere, with experts saying that Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises, which simulates a victory of Taiwan's military over the People's Liberation Army, is a joke.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration should abandon its "Taiwan independence" stance and antagonistic mentality, An Fengshan, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said during a press conference, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"Only by recognizing the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus can the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations be maintained," An said. The 1992 Consensus embodies the one-China principle. An was responding to the ongoing Han Kuang military exercises in Taiwan, which simulates an attack from the mainland. 

The annual Han Kuang exercises began on Thursday, and "this year, the exercises will create a scenario of a military assault by the People's Liberation Army in 2025, and include F-35 fighters in its computerized war games to simulate combat tactics and strategies," Taiwan "defense ministry" officials said, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

There's no comparing Taiwan's military power with the PLA's, Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to served in the PLA Rocket Force, said, adding that "if we have to solve the problem militarily, Taiwan's military is no match to the PLA's, but the potential intervention of the US-Japan military alliance is of real concern to the PLA."

Army, navy and air force units were deployed for the Han Kuang exercises on the Penghu islands. "They featured tanks, rocket launchers, assault helicopters and soldiers using shoulder-fired missiles to repel a force invading from across the 160-kilometer-(100-mile-)wide straits," Associate Press reported.

CAN reported that Taiwan's military simulated a response to "the landing PLA forces, and after 'the smashing firing' and psychological propaganda offensive, the PLA survivors surrendered," Taiwan's military said in a statement.

These displays are meaningless and hilarious, Song said.

"The real combat mission strategy is highly classified and Taiwan's exercises are meant to fool the people in the island. Feng Shih-kuan, as 'defense minister,' is not  even respected by Taiwan's military because of his ignorance of managing military, so he and Taiwan's current leader Tsai Ing-wen would also like to see these shows," Song said.

"Tsai is trying to create tensions between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan to divert the attention of the island's people, but the people will not be fooled so easily," Yu Keli, director of the Institute of Taiwan Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.

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