South China Sea: Taiwan to conduct live-fire drill amid rising tensions

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Although the island is administered by Taiwan, China has claimed the island as part of its own Guangdong Province.

Last year, Taiwan carried out similar live-fire exercises in the city of Taichung.

The drills last year saw the firing of a live torpedo, the first one to be fired since 2007.

It was announced last year by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence that marines would be temporarily posted on the Pratas Islands, although no reports were revealed about the number or location of the troops.

CGA personnel trained by Taiwan’s Marine Corps are currently manned on both Taiwanese controlled islands in the South China Sea.


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