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Three days of national security drills begin in Taipei

ROC Central News Agency

2017/08/04 21:16:16

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) A national security exercise that simulates various emergency scenarios, including some in which the safety of national leaders is jeopardized during a military crisis, began in Taipei on Friday.

The three-day drill involving Cabinet ministries and the military and led by the National Security Council (NSC) will also test how the core functions and operations of the government continue to work in a military crisis and how well crucial infrastructure is protected.

This year's security drill is to take place in several phases, beginning with the simulation of a crisis that forces the president, vice president and important ministers to be escorted by security personnel to the command post no matter where they are.

The following phases include an exercise testing the protection of crucial infrastructure facilities and a war game involving crisis analysis and management, according to the NSC.

More than 20 government ministries and agencies, including the Executive Yuan, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and the Central Bank of the Republic of China, are participating in the exercise.

In one of the drills, government officials will have to evacuate to designated locations within 20 minutes once they receive an evacuation order. The exercise was designed to test the emergency response ability of ministries and agencies, according to the NSC.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu)

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