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Taiwan Ready to Hold Rare Military Drill

Taiwan’s military will close part of a popular freeway Wednesday so jet fighters can practice using it as an emergency runway – a rare drill to prepare pilots for the possible bombing of air bases by China, officials said. The island hasn’t held such an exercise in 26 years, and it comes as China conducts war games that Beijing’s state-controlled media have said are practice for a long-threatened attack on Taiwan. The rivals who separated amid civil war in 1949 usually hold large-scale military exercises at this time of year when the weather is good in the Taiwan Strait, the 100-mile-wide body of water that separates the two sides.Full Story

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