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Taiwan's annual Han Kuang exercises not to include live-fire drills

ROC Central News Agency

2012/03/14 13:06:15

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Live-fire drills will not be included in the annual Han Kuang series of exercises to begin next month, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu clarified Wednesday, saying that the ministry has a live-fire exercise planned for another time.

The ministry on Tuesday announced arrangements for this year's Han Huang exercises, Taiwan's most important war games involving the military's three services.

They will consist this year of military exercises in April and computer-aided war games set for July.

Asked by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Huang-liang why the exercises will not include live ammunition, Kao said the exercises were well designed to test the military's defense and combat capabilities.

"(But) the ministry will arrange live-fire exercises at some other time of the year," Kao said at a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Questioned about the feasibility of holding military exercises before the computerized war games, Kao said the military will incorporate lessons learned from the computer-aided war games this year into next year's military exercises.

(By Elaine Hou)

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