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Taiwan’s computer war game simulates China attacks

Taiwan has begun its annual computer war game, a military official said, which simulates an attack on the island by China.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2009 13:11 IST

Taiwan has begun its annual computer war game, a military official said on Thursday, which simulates an attack on the island by China.

President Ma Ying-jeou will preside over the event later in the week, the official said. Despite his efforts to aggressively improve relations with China since taking office last May, Ma has repeatedly stressed the need to maintain the island’s defenses.

The official declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

The official said the Hankuang war game began on Monday and will end on Friday, with the last day’s action led by the president, but he declined to give more details. Hankuang means Chinese glory.

Taiwan’s mass circulation Apple Daily reported Thursday it will be the first time Ma has taken charge of the war game since becoming president. The newspaper said the war game this year simulates escape routes for senior government officials should Taiwan come under missile attacks from China.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing continues to claim the island as part of its territory and is determined to bring Taiwan back into its fold by persuasion if possible, by force if necessary.

Since Ma took office, he has reversed his predecessor’s hard-line anti-China stand, and vowed to forge closer ties with Beijing, especially on the commercial front, to boost Taiwan’s sluggish economy.

Under Ma, Taiwan has resumed high-level dialogues with China, began regular flights, and allowed Chinese investment on the island.

In March, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals.Taiwan has begun its annual computer war game, a military official said on Thursday, which simulates an attack on the island by China.

President Ma Ying-jeou will preside over the event later in the week, the official said. Despite his efforts to aggressively improve relations with China since taking office last May, Ma has repeatedly stressed the need to maintain the island’s defenses.

The official declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

The official said the Hankuang war game began on Monday and will end on Friday, with the last day’s action led by the president, but he declined to give more details. Hankuang means Chinese glory.

Taiwan’s mass circulation Apple Daily reported Thursday it will be the first time Ma has taken charge of the war game since becoming president. The newspaper said the war game this year simulates escape routes for senior government officials should Taiwan come under missile attacks from China.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing continues to claim the island as part of its territory and is determined to bring Taiwan back into its fold by persuasion if possible, by force if necessary.

Since Ma took office, he has reversed his predecessor’s hard-line anti-China stand, and vowed to forge closer ties with Beijing, especially on the commercial front, to boost Taiwan’s sluggish economy.

Under Ma, Taiwan has resumed high-level dialogues with China, began regular flights, and allowed Chinese investment on the island.

In March, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals.