The defense ministry says the military will strengthen its combat readiness on offshore islands to protect Taiwan’s national security. These islands include the Dongsha Islands and Taiping Island.
The defense ministry made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday in response to China’s planned war games in the South China Sea in August.
Japanese media reports are saying it’s possible that the People’s Liberation Army will hold large-scale military exercises near Hainan Island in the South China Sea. These military operations would be aimed at the Dongsha Islands.
The Japanese media said the Dongsha Islands are important strategically for China as they are a gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Also known as the Pratas Islands, Dongsha Islands are currently controlled by Taiwan.
A defense ministry official said the military will closely monitor China’s maneuvering. He said all combat readiness is non-provocative. There is no intention of escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait.