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Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Taiwanese jets takeover freeway - CNN.com Video

    Hong Kong (CNN) -- Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China.

    Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) said the aircraft practiced emergency take-offs and landings near the city of Chiayi, on a section of the main north-south route that runs along the island's west coast. Ground crews practiced refueling and re-loading ammunition, CNA said.

    The drill is part of Taiwan's annual "Han Kuang" exercises that last five days and test the military's combat readiness in the event of an attack from China, said J. Michael Cole, a correspondent for IHS Jane's Defense Weekly and a fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

    "Taiwan is a small place with a limited number of air bases," he told CNN.

    Taiwan and China held their highest level talks for more than six decades -- the first government-to-government contact since the pair's acrimonious split in 1949 amid civil war.

    Cole said that while relations have improved in some respects, with more exchanges in terms of tourism, investment and education, the underlying cause of the conflict has yet to be resolved.

    "People here see themselves as Taiwanese but at some point Beijing will want them to move nearer (to reunification) and the military option remains on the table. In my view, it's a distant probability but it remains an option."

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    Fighter jets on freeway as Taiwan war games kick off - CNN.com
  2. Nick 779

    Nick 779 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Taiwan should go for the Gripen. It is designed for landing on highways.
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