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Taiwan has contingency plan for disputed Diaoyutai Islands

ROC Central News Agency

2013/01/15 18:48:48

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) The military is keeping tabs on the situation relating to a disputed island group in the East China Sea and is prepared for all contingencies, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.

MND spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he was responding to questions about the Diaoyutai Islands amid rising tension between China and Japan over the island group.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported that the PLA General Staff released a document on military training in 2013 recently in which it said the PLA and the Chinese People's Armed Police Force should focus closely on the objective of being able to fight and win a battle.

To prepare for combat, the armed forces must also "vigorously strengthen real-combat-like military training," and intensify efforts to cultivate high-caliber military personnel, it said.

But the report made no mention of the dispute with Tokyo over the island group, which has been under Japan's administrative control since 1972.

Reporting on military exercises scheduled for this year, Luo said that faced with the increasing military threat from China, the MND is continuing to strengthen joint combat training to upgrade overall combat capability.

But he said that the military has not strengthened its training in terms of the disputed island group.

Tension between China and Japan intensified last year when the Japanese government nationalized some of the islands in the island group that it did not already own, triggering angry protests in China.

Both sides have scrambled fighter jets to the area in recent weeks in a further escalation, although no actual clashes have taken place.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Lilian Wu)

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