Taiwan soldiers have simulated a biowarfare defence drill during the 37th Han Kuang exercises which involved a number of cleansing procedures including hosing down potentially affected vehicles.
According to Newsweek drills are taking place throughout Taiwan as well as on the Taiwan Straits during the country’s largest annual military exercise.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said army troops have been trained in decontamination during the practice bioweapon attack.
According to Taiwan’s Defense Military their military police simulated attacks on critical infrastructure with defence drills taking place along the Tamsui River estuary.
The simulation drills come amid fears China has spent decades researching biological weapons and may already possess deadly “bacteria bombs” using their stockpiles of anthrax and coronaviruses.
The annual Han Kaung live-fire drills also involved a Taiwanese-made Indigenous Defensive Fighter, US-made F-16V, French-made Mirage 2000-5 and an E-2K early warning aircraft.
They landed on a highway situated near fields in Jiadong, to simulate what would happen if their air base was targeted by enemy forces.
The drill also comes after US documents indicate the People’s Liberation Army commanders believed conflict in the future could be fought using bioweapons.
In April, US state department officials blew the whistle on a possible “biological threat” from Beijing.
In their partially classified report, the US warned of China’s alleged history with bioweapons including “weaponized ricin, botulinum toxins, and the causative agents of anthrax, cholera, plague, and tularemia”.
Beijing’s dispute with Taiwan stems from claims the country is a part of China’s sovereign territory – a claim which the democratically ruled island vehemently denies.
President Xi Jinping has expressed his aims to annex the island by suggesting there is “no room for any form of Taiwan independence,” and has not ruled out using force to achieve his goals.
Dr Nick Bisley, from La Trobe University in Australia said: “Xi Jinping has made a very public and very clear signal that says Taiwan is not a problem that will be passed down to the next generation.”
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During the summer months, Chinese fighter jets and combat ships conducted almost daily joint assault drills near Taiwan which it claimed was vital to protect its authority.