According to Reuters, Taiwan held live-fire drills in its northernmost territory on March 16.
Taiwan’s defense ministry says that the exercises are routine. The drills occur at Dongyin, part of the Taiwan-controlled Matsu, near Fuzhou city, China.
The exercises came after a small, propeller-driven Chinese aircraft flew very close to Dongyin on February 5.
It’s also worth mentioning that Dongyin Area Command has been at the front line of Taiwanese defenses since the 1950s.
Chieh Chung, a Taipei-based think tank researcher at the National Policy Foundation, says that Dongyin’s forces have Taiwanese self-made Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles and Sky Bow II surface-to-air missiles. So, this makes it “the most strategically important” outlying island.
On March 16, Min.News reported Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence confirmed for the first time that they have a surface-to-surface cruise missile codenamed “Xiongsheng Missile” with an estimated range of 1,000 to 1,200 kilometers, which can reach important facilities in China.
According to VOA in the Chinese language, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense revealed in a report that to respond to China’s growing military pressure and effectively enhance its combat power, Taiwan’s production of various types of missiles will double to nearly 500 this year.
Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told lawmakers this month that Beijing will “speed up” their steps to assault Taiwan after getting lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Chiu predicted that China might attack the outlying islands and at the same time start precision missile strikes on targets in Taiwan proper while sending troops across the Taiwan strait.