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The air force said the exercise, part of Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, is aimed to "review the air force's capability in using freeways for emergency landings and logistic support in case of war."
Newspapers here said the rare drill was prompted by US concerns over growing hostility across the Taiwan Strait. The United States has remained the leading arms supplier to Taiwan despite switching of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. The air force exercise came as China's People's Liberation Army prepared to conduct massive wargame on Dongshan Island, in southeastern China's Fujian province, just 150 nautical miles west of Taiwan's Penghu Island.