Annual Han Kuang live-fire drills meet goals: Defense Ministry

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Yen De-fa (嚴德發)/Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

Yen De-fa (嚴德發)/Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan's annual Han Kuang live-fire military drills that tested and boosted Taiwan's defense capabilities ended Friday with all objectives met, the country's defense minister said.

Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) praised the various military units that took part in the five-day drill and said they successfully demonstrated that the military has the ability to defend the country.

The military also showed it could create multiple dilemmas for the enemy and had the ability to defeat the enemy along Taiwan's coast, Yen said.

A series of live-fire drills were held in northern, central and southern parts of Taiwan starting on Monday following a string of computer simulated war games that were conducted April 30-May 4.

Yen said the joint anti-airborne operations conducted Thursday at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung to test the military's ability to repel an attempted landing by the enemy there was the most successful one he could remember.

Military units were able to utilize civilian and military resources, Yen said, adding that these resources have to be used effectively to be more effective in combat.

(By Liu Lee-jung and William Yen)
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