During a simulated hostage situation that took place in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Saturday, the armed forces of Taiwan conducted training exercises. During the scenario, patrol boats circled the area, and police descended by rope from a helicopter.
In response to the growing military and political challenges emanating from China, including the near-daily incursions of Chinese warplanes into the island’s air defense zone, the island frequently conducts military drills.
Beijing asserts that democratic, self-ruled Taiwan is part of its territory and has promised to eventually recapture it by any means necessary, including the use of force.
A simulated hostage situation was carried out on Saturday at the Kaohsiung port by the coastguard, the military, the police, and the airborne services. The simulation was accompanied by music from action movies and an uninterrupted narrative of the “attack.”
“This is the Coast Guard from Taiwan!” Immediately bring the vehicle to a stop! The announcer yelled out the results. “We are going to board your ship and conduct an inspection!”
The ship was encircled by a fleet of smaller police boats, and a helicopter was flying overhead. The police were able to “covertly” board the ship and then opened fire on the hostage takers who were wearing yellow clothing. The shots they fired were blanks.
At the conclusion of the dress rehearsal, the officers gave a salute to President Tsai Ing-wen, who was standing on the pier and waving to them.
Everyone who took part in the exercise today represents a vital component of our nation’s defense system. Tsai stated in a brief statement, “I want to emphasize once more, we need to strengthen ourselves in order to ensure peace in the Taiwan Strait.”
“The more we are united, the safer we are; the more secure Taiwan is, the safer the world will be.”
Since Tsai came to power in 2016, the island has been subjected to an increased number of intrusions by Beijing’s boats and jets. Tsai is opposed to the notion that Taiwan is a part of China.
As a direct rebuke to Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of the United States meeting with Tsai in California, the Chinese government staged mock military drills in April that lasted for three days and simulated a blockade of Taiwan.
And in the month of August of the previous year, China conducted four days worth of live-fire drills near the waters that are considered to be Taiwan’s territorial waters; some of the exercises took place directly off the shore of Kaohsiung.