UPDATED 6:42 AM PT — Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Taiwan is demonstrating its tactical abilities amid rising tensions with China. In a series of simulations Tuesday, the Taiwanese military landed several aircraft on a closed-off highway to practice its defense against possible Chinese air attacks.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said the Air Force is being tested on their combat readiness and their ability to convert the highway into a runway.
This comes after China threatened to use force to achieve reunification with the island.
“Whether it is the Chinese Army’s long distance training or its fighter jets encircling around Taiwan, it has posed a certain degree of threat to regional peace and stability,” stated Ing-wen.
The exercise is part of a nationwide annual drill to demonstrate the Air Force’s tactical abilities.