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Defense Ministry considering postponing part of military drill

ROC Central News Agency

03/02/2020 03:45 PM

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) The computer-simulated part of this year's Han Kuang military exercises, Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, could be postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said Monday.

"We are evaluating the possibility of pushing it back to the second half of the year," Yen said.

The annual Han Kuang military exercises consists of two stages: computer-simulated war games followed by nationwide live-fire drills.

According to Yen, the computerized war games were scheduled for April, but the ministry is now considering a postponement because it is held in an enclosed venue and is attended by all important army officials.

Yen did not say whether his ministry was also considering postponing the live-fire drills, which are scheduled for May.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Chiang Yi-ching)

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