Taiwan’s military conducted a live ammunition artillery exercise on Tuesday simulating the island’s defense against a possible Chinese invasion that Taipei accuses Beijing of planning.
According to AFP agency, operations began in Pingtung County in the south shortly after 0040 GMT, with flares and artillery fire.
“Several hundred soldiers were deployed, as well as about 40 howitzers,” the army said.
A new exercise is scheduled for Thursday as this Tuesday’s exercise attracted many curious people.
China launched its largest military, air and sea maneuvers around Taiwan last week in response to a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to visit the self-governing island for decades.