Japan launched full-scale nationwide military training on Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years, with the aim of strengthening its ability to defend remote islands in China’s resolute action in the Indo-Pacific.
Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, “In order to effectively respond to various situations such as attacks on islands, it is essential to quickly and widely deploy the necessary units depending on the situation.” .. Kyodo News reported..
“In an increasingly uncertain security environment, the focus of our work is on operational readiness,” officials added.
The Ground Self-Defense Force (GDSF) has announced that military exercises will involve all units and will take place from mid-November to late November. According to the network, the training will include approximately 100,000 personnel, 20,000 vehicles and 120 aircraft.
An additional 12,000 military personnel and nearly 4,000 vehicles from two GSDF divisions based in Hokkaido, Japan’s prefectures and the Tohoku region and a brigade in the Shikoku region will begin an expedition mission in southwestern Japan next week.
The latest training of the Ground Self-Defense Force is the largest military exercise since 1993, when the entire Ground Self-Defense Force participated in the military exercise two years after the end of the Cold War.
In May, dozens of Japanese-American and French troops conducted the first joint training by three allies in Japan in an attempt to strengthen military relations as China became more aggressive.
Taiwan’s annual training peaks
Also, on September 15, a Taiwanese fighter landed on the runway of the highway monitored by President Tsai Ing-wen. This is the skill China needs to attack and target vulnerable air force bases in Taiwan.
Re-elected due to a landslide last year with a vow to confront China, Tsai prioritized the modernization of Taiwan’s predominantly US-equipped army and turned it into a highly maneuverable and difficult-to-attack porcupine.
In addition to three fighters (F-16, French Mirage, and Cinkuo Indigenous Defense Fighters), an E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft landed on a highway strip in the countryside of southern Heito-gun. Rapid conversion from road to runway.
“Such great combat skills and quick and realistic action come from solid daily training and show confidence that the Republic of China Air Force will defend its airspace,” Tsai said in Taiwan. I wrote it on Facebook with reference to the official name.
Taiwan has five emergency highways throughout the island that can be used if an air force base is stolen by a Chinese attack. In other words, the Air Force can continue to operate.
Military exercises in Japan and Taiwan took place the day after Pyongyang tested a new long-range cruise missile, when senior envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea met in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss North Korean missiles and nuclear development. Will be.
Over the weekend, communist countries successfully launched a new missile capable of attacking targets 930 miles away. Analysts said the missile could be North Korea’s first such weapon with nuclear capabilities.
Richard Fischer, a senior researcher at the Center for International Evaluation Strategy (IASC), told the Epoch Times in an email on September 13 that China and Iran are likely to have helped develop and manufacture missiles.
Anders Corr and Reuters contributed to this report.
from NTD News