President to review military readiness at Su'ao exercise

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)/CNA file photo

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)/CNA file photo

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) The soldiers involved in the military drill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will observe at Su'ao naval base in Yilan County on Friday will not be using live ammunition, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

MND spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) discussed details of the drill with members of the press Thursday morning, adding that Tsai, who will be there as commander-in-chief of the Republic of China (Taiwan) armed forces, will see first hand the the combat readiness of the ROC army.

Asked about the exercise China's People's Liberation Army has scheduled at the same time as the Su'ao drill, Chen said the Chinese military exercise will not affect the ROC soldiers or how they operate.

China has announced a military exercise for April 18 on the sea off Quanzhou, Fujian Province. It has designated a 162-square-kilometer off-limit zone, warning ships and aircraft not to get near from 8:00 a.m. to midnight on that day.

It is the responsibility of the ROC military to defend the nation every day of the year, the spokesman said, so personnel will carry out their duties as usual.

According to a MND statement Wednesday, Tsai will take to the waves aboard a warship during the exercise, marking the first time she has done so since taking office in May 2016.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Kuan-lin Liu)

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