Taiwan launches week of military drills amid China tensions Jul 14, 2020 0 45 12345 DPATaipeiTaiwan launched a week-long set of military exercises on Monday, including live-fire drills, to defend itself against mock invasive attacks.The drills are taking place amid tensions over moves from China, including the imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong and a series of incursions by Beijing’s military aircraft into Taiwan’s airspace.The defence ministry’s Joint Operations Command Center issued an order to begin the week of exercises early Monday morning, the state-owned Central News Agency (CNA) reported.The main event is a mock defence exercise where combined land, air and sea forces will take on an attempted enemy landing on the coast at Jiannan District in Taichung City on Thursday.President Tsai Ing-wen will personally observe the drill, which aims to highlight operations by some of Taiwan’s newly-formed combined battalions.Forces will also carry out the first torpedo test since 2007. One of the navy’s older Netherlands-made attack submarines will fire a German-made heavyweight torpedo at a demobilized frigate.On the first day of the simulated attack, reserve soldiers were instructed to report to sites across Taiwan before 8 am (1600 GMT) and some civil installations, including car repair shops, shipyards and aircraft hangers, were temporarily taken over for the drill.CNA cited military sources as saying there would be a drill including military police, ordinary police and coast guard detachments in defending against a “decapitation” assault on Wednesday.On Saturday, Taiwan F-16 Falcon jet fighters intercepted some Chinese H-6 bombers off the island’s east coast.Taiwan has its own independent and democratically elected government, but Beijing claims sovereignty over the island. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban kill 11 in attack on Afghan intelligence agency office Jul 14, 2020 0 406 Japan’s Abe visits flood-stricken Kyushu; death toll rises to 68 Jul 14, 2020 0 403 Prominent Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering Jul 14, 2020 0 288 Philippines reports 227 additional deaths from COVID-19 DPA Manila The Philippines on Monday reported a total of 227 more deaths from Covid-19, the highest figure in a day, but noted that more than half of the deaths occurred as early as April. The deaths were only reported or .. Hong Kong reimposes social distancing as virus cases spike Hong Kong Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday to combat a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks .. Thai demonstrators demand higher monthly pension for retirees Bangkok Thai activists submitted a petition on Monday asking the government to increase pensions paid to people over 60. The petition, signed by over 13,000 people, demanded that the prime minister approve a new .. French alleged paedophile dies in Indonesia after suicide attempt Jakarta A French national detained since last month for allegedly molesting more than 300 children has died three days after attempting to commit suicide, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello, 65, died late .. Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s prime minister narrowly won a vote to remove the parliament speaker during a rowdy session of the legislature Monday, a key test of support for the embattled leader. The Southeast Asian nation .. Sri Lanka shuts schools again as virus cases surge Colombo Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday, just a week after they re-opened, following a surge in new coronavirus cases. The country has reported just 2,617 cases with 11 deaths, but ..