US military experts participated in analyzing the results of past Taiwanese military exercises, transmits South China Morning Post (SCMP), citing the Taiwanese Defense Ministry. During the first stage of the Hanguang exercise, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army attack on Taiwan was simulated in a computer environment.
According to the Taiwan side, US experts joined the strategy development process during the computer war games, even though they were initially only supposed to assess the capability of the island’s military forces.
Hanguang is an annual exercise of the Taiwan Armed Forces. In 2023, they take place in two stages in May and July. During the first stage, command and staff exercises and computer games took place. During the second stage, field exercises with live fire will take place from July 24 to 28. The main objective of the exercises is to test the ability of the Taiwanese armed forces to coordinate actions in response to the “Chinese invasion”, transmits TASS in reference to Taiwanese Army Major General Lin Wenhuang.
The Taiwanese and US military have set up a joint post-combat analysis team, Lin Wenhuang said, according to the SCMP. According to the Taiwanese general, US military experts shared their experience and suggestions on operational combat plans, the decision-making process and other procedures conducted by the Taiwanese military during the computer part of the exercise.
According to Su Ziyun, a senior analyst at the Taiwanese Institute for National Defense and Security Studies, interviewed by the SCMP, the disclosure of such confidential information on the activities of American military experts is part of a plan to contain. China. “That explains why the United States is more willing to disclose some of its military exchanges with Taiwan that were previously kept secret,” he told the SCMP.
The Chinese military’s attempt to solve the Taiwan problem by force will cost China “blood and money”, said John Aquilino, commander of the United States Navy in the Indo-Pacific region, on May 23. at a US National Committee on the United States event. Relations with China. reported Taiwanese edition of Taiwan News. According to Aquilino, Chinese President Xi Jinping must realize that military action for the island will be “extremely destructive for its people”. An attack on Taiwan would dramatically disrupt the global economy, he said.
Despite bellicose rhetoric from the US military, Chinese Communist Party officials have begun to speak more softly on the Taiwan issue, Russian media reported. From May 9 to 10, a working conference on Taiwan was held in Beijing, where cooperation issues between the mainland and the island were discussed.
At the end of the event, Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said China should promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, “respect, care for and benefit Taiwan compatriots.” , ” and promote the well-being of Taiwanese people.
Earlier, Russian media explained why China would prefer the peaceful option of unification with the recalcitrant island. A military conflict involves several risks: the difficulty of carrying out such a military operation and the control of the territories due to the mountainous relief of the island.
Moreover, the conflict could finally “cement” the formation of a new nation in the minds of the inhabitants of the island – until now, the majority of the Taiwanese population continues to consider themselves of Chinese origin. The conflict is also dangerous due to the imposition of economic sanctions against China and the support of Taipei’s allies – the United States and Japan.
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