Lai calls on troops to make Taiwan ‘safer’ after China drills

Lai calls on troops to make Taiwan 'safer' after China drills

” Come job up and continue to work hard to make our country safer”, he said.

Everybody is available 24 hours a day to carry out air patrol missions, he continued, adding,” Everyone uses their strong resolve and excellent combat skills to show their air combat capabilities and protect our airspace.”

Lai also went to an army base to watch artillerymen illustrate how to load and discharge a gun.

He took group photos with the troops and presented them with a “red box,” a custom during holidays, as a sign of gratitude.

Diffuses of fighter planes flew over the Hualien air force base on Friday, the second time of China’s military exercises.

In recent years, China has increased its military and political pressure on Taiwan, and its marine ships, drones, and warplanes have a nearly daily presence there.

On Tuesday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said three Chinese planes, and 11 marine and coastguard boats were detected in the past 24 hours- over from the 21 plane and 15 boats it reported on Monday.

Specialists say these are “grey area tactics”, which stop short of illegal acts of war but assist to fuel Taipei’s defense.