PUBLISHED: 01:42, Mon, Oct 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:42, Mon, Oct 12, 2020
Saturday saw China’s simulated attack use drones, special forces and airborne troops in a staged exercise to prepare for an invasion of Taiwan. The horrific drills were reported by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV and marked the first time in recent years a state media outlet told all about preparations to attack the country. It marks the latest act of aggression from Beijing in the South China Sea, and follows increased naval presence from China in the dispute waters.
The simulated attack took place on Taiwan’s National Day, with the drills beginning at night.
CCTV’s report detailed how Chinese forces moved in from multiple locations to demonstrate their preparedness for an invasion.
The report added: “The exercise, with the effective integration of multiple new combat forces, increased the actual combat capability of the troops in joint landing and three-dimensional assault.”
Beijing has ramped up its military drills as it views Taiwan as part of mainland China, and want to reunite the countries by any means.
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South China Sea news: China has staged Taiwan invasion exercises over the weekend (Image: PA)
South China Sea news: The drills used drones and airborne troops on Taiwan's National Day (Image: PA)
As China carried out the drills, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing for “meaningful dialogue”.
Speaking at National Day celebrations, she decried the “quite tense” Taiwan Strait stalemate, and urged Beijing to find a peaceful resolution.
She said: “As long as the Beijing authorities are willing to resolve antagonisms and improve cross-strait relations, while parity and dignity are maintained, we are willing to work together to facilitate meaningful dialogue.”
Previous reports from Taiwan detailed the huge pressure Chinese Air Force drills over the Strait put on the country’s finances, with Taiwan spending $1.3 billion to scramble its own fighter jets against the incursions.
South China Sea news: President Tsai Ing-wen has urged China for 'meaningful dialogue' (Image: PA)
South China Sea news: Taiwan has spent $1.3 billion fighting off Chinese fighter jets this year (Image: PA)