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Taiwan holds military drills, vows to defend against Chinese aggression

Updated : May 30, 2019 03:27 PM IST

Taiwan's air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force on Thursday, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China's rising military threat.

An AH-1W attack helicopter releases flares during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise, which simulates China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island, in Pingtung, Taiwan. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
An AH-1W attack helicopter releases flares during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise, which simulates China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island, in Pingtung, Taiwan. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Taiwan's air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force on Thursday, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China's rising military threat. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Taiwan's air, sea and land forces conducted a drill to repel an invading force on Thursday, as its defence minister pledged to defend the self-ruled island against China's rising military threat. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Female soldiers of an artillery unit take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. China sees Taiwan part of
Female soldiers of an artillery unit take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. China sees Taiwan part of "one China" and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
CM-11 Brave Tiger tanks take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
CM-11 Brave Tiger tanks take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Soldiers fire a 8 inch (203 mm) M110 self-propelled howitzer during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. China sees Taiwan part of
Soldiers fire a 8 inch (203 mm) M110 self-propelled howitzer during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. China sees Taiwan part of "one China" and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A RF-16 fighter jet drops flares during the military exercise in Pingtung. During annual military exercises across the island this week, fighter jets have landed on Taiwan's main highway and air raid drills have shut its major cities.  May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A RF-16 fighter jet drops flares during the military exercise in Pingtung. During annual military exercises across the island this week, fighter jets have landed on Taiwan's main highway and air raid drills have shut its major cities.  May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
AH-1W attack helicopters launch Hellfire missiles. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
AH-1W attack helicopters launch Hellfire missiles. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Explosions are seen at a target during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Explosions are seen at a target during the live fire Han Kuang military exercise. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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