aiwan’s reservists during their training. Photo: AFP
Taiwan’s Defense Dance: Air Raid Drills Mimic China’s Missile Strikes Amid War Games
Taiwan, a self-governing island facing mounting pressure from China, conducted air raid drills in multiple cities, coinciding with its annual military exercises. The island frequently prepares for defense in response to China’s increasing military and political threats, as China claims Taiwan as its territory.
Civilian readiness is also a priority, drawing lessons from Russia’s actions in Ukraine, where street-to-street warfare played a crucial role in defense strategies.
As part of Taiwan’s “Wan An” air defense exercises, residents in seven northern counties experienced emergency scenarios, learning to evacuate to nearby underground shelters upon hearing missile attack sirens. In these drills, volunteers guided people to safety while firefighters simulated response measures, including putting out fires and rescuing civilians.
Government employee Wu Kai-te emphasized the necessity of these exercises due to China’s military intimidation, stating that Taiwan’s international situation is uniquely challenging due to China’s involvement.
The air raid drills will continue until Thursday, running alongside Taiwan’s largest annual military exercises, named “Han Kuang” (Han Glory), aimed at simulating defense against potential attacks from China.
The drills showcased the impressive capabilities of Taiwan’s air force, with fighter jets and transport planes taking off from various bases across the island.
However, the drills planned for Tuesday in Taitung airport had to be canceled due to Typhoon Doksuri approaching Southeast Asia, posing a potential threat to Taiwan.
Beijing has been increasing military pressure on Taiwan, with frequent warplane incursions into the island’s air defense zone. China has also conducted large-scale military exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan, simulating targeted strikes and blockades.