>Biden: China ‘ignoring the White House’ says Fox News host Sign up to receive our rundown of the day’s top stories direct to your inbox SUBSCRIBE Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoThe annual Han Kaung live-fire drills started in Hualin, eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, as the country prepares for any potential Chinese attack. The exercise involved a Taiwanese-made Indigenous Defensive Fighter, US-made F-16V, French-made Mirage 2000-5 and an E-2K early warning aircraft. Trending Related articles Joe Biden fires new test missile as tensions peak in South China Sea Joe Biden humiliated as China ‘ignore’ US calls for joint summit They landed on a highway situated near fields in Jiadong, to simulate what would happen if their air base was targeted by enemy forces.However, because of COVID-19 the exercise was reduced in scale this year.The tensions and military threat from China have increased as the People’s Liberation Army has frequently flown fighter jets in the direction of Taiwan.Experts have admitted the Taiwanese drills are not necessarily predictions of war. A F-16 fighter jet is deployed to conduct emergency landing and takeoff training, in Taiwan. (Image: PA) Ships in the South China Sea (Image: PA)Ou Xifu, a researcher at Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taiwan said: “This is a type of gray zone tactic — military intimidation.“This shouldn’t lead to war.”China’s long standing dispute with the democratically-ruled island stems from claims the country is a part of China’s sovereign territory.Over the Summer, Chinese fighter jets and combat ships conducted almost daily joint assault drills near Taiwan which it claimed was vital to protect its authority.READ MORE: Kim unleashes ‘outrageous’ railway missile as arms race heats up South China Sea (Image: PA)In June, 28 military jets were sent by China into the air space in one of the largest military incursions to date.Taiwan vehemently opposes Chinese reunification and rule from Beijing.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.”DON’T MISSTaiwan will fall to China as ‘West fails to stand up to aggression [ANALYSIS]Biden and Xi agree to ensure ‘competition does not veer into conflict’ [REVEAL]UK shows off Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier to ally Japan [INSIGHT] China’s military power (Image: Express) Taiwan (Image: PA)Taiwan has also been involved in a recent $750 million (£540million) arms sale with the US in a bid to contain what the US see as Chinese expansionism. Related articles President Putin oversees military drills involving 200,000 troops Von der Leyen drops EU bombshell – shockwaves in Brussels Ode to Deutsch: Europeans back Angela Merkel as EU chief

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