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Annual Han Kuang computer war games all bilingual: MND report

ROC Central News Agency

04/28/2021 04:49 PM

Taipei, April 28 (CNA) The computer-assisted war games portion of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises has been conducted in both Mandarin and English for years to prepare for possible operations with a foreign military, a recent Ministry of National Defense (MND) report revealed.

The report, released to brief the public on the military's achievements in 2020, said the MND has taken the measure to improve the English skills of military personnel and their ability to communicate with other forces.

English proficiency is especially important now amid a growing military threat from China in the event Taiwan's armed forces need to team up with foreign forces to fend off a Chinese invasion, according to the report, made public online on March 31.

The computer-assisted Han Kuang war games are being conducted in both English and Mandarin by using the Joint Theater Level Simulation (JTLS) system and Taiwan Joint Training Management System (TJTMS), the report said.

The section on the military's bilingual approach had not drawn attention until it was highlighted in local media Tuesday.

It was the first time the MND featured the bilingual nature of its computer-assisted war games in its annual reports, dating back at least to 2017.

The annual Han Kuang exercises, first held in 1984, are the nation's largest military exercises involving all branches of the armed forces to test the country's combat readiness in case of a Chinese invasion.

This year's Han Kuang exercises are again being held in two stages; computer-assisted war games and live-fire drills.

The computer war games phase have been conducted around the clock since April 23 and conclude Friday. The live-fire drills will be staged July 12-16.

(By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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