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  • Taiwan troops seen simulating urban warfare amid China tension
  • China had warned of 'severe measures' if Taiwan seeks 'independence'
  • China calls Taiwan a breakaway province awaiting 'reunification'

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Amid China tension, urban warfare practice by Taiwan troops

A Taiwanese military instructor said that in case of an invasion, it is likely that Chinese troops would land at coastal towns.

As tension with China continues to rise, the island nation of Taiwan conducted an urban warfare simulation, as per an AFP report. Taiwanese troops were seen engaging in a mock urban street battle. Armoured vehicles were also part of the action. Visuals of the military exercise showed explosions and gunfire as soldiers navigated between buildings to take out the 'enemy'.

ALSO WATCH | Taiwan president says US training its troops, China furious

A military instructor said that in case of an invasion, it is likely that Chinese troops land at coastal towns. The battle would then progress into residential and commercial areas, and then villages in the mountains. "(In case of an invasion) The Chinese communist troops' battle plans will be invading and landing firstly from coastal towns, then the fighting will progress into more populated residential and commercial areas and lastly push into mountainous villages. Any future battle to protect Taiwan will be an urban warfare," said Kiwi Yang, an instructor at the Taiwan Army Infantry School. Urban warfare training is very important because 90 percent of Taiwan's population live in town and cities, he added.


China recently warned Taiwan of 'severe measures' if it advances towards 'formal independence'. Taiwan is a democratic territory which claims to be independent of China. However, Beijing considers it a breakaway province awaiting reunification.

With relations between the US and China currently going through a trough over various issues, Washington has been increasing its engagement with Taipei.

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