A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang military exercise at an air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7. The annual drills simulating Chinese attacks are the largest since they were first held in 1984 and are a response to Beijing stepping up military and diplomatic pressure on the island amid growing tensions. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s military exercise sends three loud and clear messages – to China, the US and its own people

Michal Thim says given that military force might be China’s only option in its pursuit of Taiwan, the island’s recent Han Kuang exercise signals its battle readiness

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A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang military exercise at an air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7. The annual drills simulating Chinese attacks are the largest since they were first held in 1984 and are a response to Beijing stepping up military and diplomatic pressure on the island amid growing tensions. Photo: AFP
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Michal Thim

Michal Thim

Michal Thim is a Taiwan analyst at the Prague-based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and a member of the Centre for International Maritime Security with a research focus on cross-strait relations, and East and Southeast Asian regional politics and security. Michal was director of the AMO Research Centre from July 2007 until August 2010. He studied in the Asia-Pacific Studies programme at the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2010-2012 and returned to Taiwan in 2014 as a visiting researcher in the Taiwan Fellowship programme.