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China reportedly planning military exercise in Taiwan Strait
Copyright © 2004 AP Online
This story was published Sunday, July 4th, 2004
By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) - China intends to hold military exercises this month across the strait from Taiwan as Beijing builds up its capability to back up its frequent threats to invade the island.
The annual summer exercises will be held this year on Dongshan Island off the Chinese coast and will include air, sea and land forces, the China Youth Daily said Saturday. The newspaper didn't give a date or say how many troops would take part.
The reference by the China Youth Daily to joint air, sea and land drills this year highlights recent efforts by Beijing to integrate its forces for complex maneuvers - a key part of any possible attack on Taiwan but one in which China lacks experience.
Chinese officials say the annual military drills are routine, but state-controlled media often highlight their focus on capturing islands, a message clearly meant to intimidate Taiwan.
Originally posted by dwh0
Some may claim the USA will win and some will clain china will win but i can guarantee we all will lose if this turns in to a shooting match.
[edit on 4-7-2004 by dwh0]