TAIPEI (The China Post) — An inflated boat of the Marine Corps 99 Brigade 2nd Battalion (陸戰隊99旅步二營) overturned during a drill of the Hanguang Exercise (漢光演習) on Friday, sending four marines to hospital. Three remained in intensive care as of press time.
Minister of National Defense Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) visited the marines later that day and announced that the event was an accident that likely resulted from the bad sea weather.
The accident also attracted the attention of President Tsai (蔡英文) who phoned Minister Yen to receive an update.
The annual Hanguang Exercise, which will take place on July 13, is an annual tradition of the Taiwanese military. It simulates a defense operation against the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, which is considered a plausible threat.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group published a video of joint-exercises with the Taiwanese military. Experts said the footage singles the informal alliance between the two countries and was intended to send a message to China.
With the imposition of the new security law in Hong Kong in place, the tension in the trait has risen to a new level. Can we expect to see the American Armed Forces involved in this year’s Hanguang Exercise? Stay tuned to the China Post for more information.