A top Taiwan military leader yesterday warned the local troops not to believe in China's promises that it will not attack the island. Chief of the General Staff Lo Pen-li told the military to have a clear understanding of the fickle nature of the Chinese Communist Party. The past fighting experiences against the Communists showed the mainland regime had never lived up to its words, Lieutenant General Lo said when he inspected the Army yesterday. He warned China would attack Taiwan any time it thought ripe. Taiwanese forces should not lower their guard, he said. The Ministry of National Defence said yesterday it had not found any large-scale PLA combined forces actions in the current drill - only the movement of a few warships, an official said. Meanwhile, residents on Tungchu island, part of the Matsu group, reported artillery fire coming from Pingtan, the mainland designated drill zone, yesterday. The Defence Ministry spokesman said the Chinese troops taking part in the second wave of exercises were set to gradually return to their bases. A retired senior Taiwan military officer warned China might launch real attacks on the island if it was further provoked to stage more manoeuvres. Lieutenant-General Yeh Ching-jung, a former deputy commander of the army, said Taiwan authorities should avoid using the US to counter the mainland because it could prompt conflict. Taiwan leaders should give priority to cross-strait relations after the poll to resolve the current crisis, General Yeh said. He claimed the mainland was unlikely to hold a fourth round of large-scale exercises soon because of the cost and would need a better excuse to deploy the larger number of troops needed. The retired general said China's third wave of exercises on the Pingtan islands showed the mainland would adopt a strategy of speedy attacks to win a war.