South China Sea: China refuses to recognise Taiwan as an independent country (Image: GETTY )
In total 22 warships participated in the drills as well as fighter jets. China refuses to recognise Taiwan as an independent country. Taiwan is an island situated to the east of mainland China in the Pacific Ocean.
In a statement released by Taiwan’s defence military the forces involved in the exercise were outlined.
It stated: “The warships included two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, La Fayette-class frigates, Ching Chiang-class patrol ships, Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and Kuang Hua-class missile boats.
“Warplanes like F-16s, Mirage 2000s and indigenous defence fighter jets were also dispatched to take part in the joint exercise.”
The military drill included the firing of anti-air and anti-submarine missiles.
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