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Beijing Prompts Invasion Fears

Wednesday, 30 May 2001 12:00 AM

"We have not seen these kinds of forces there for some time," said one intelligence official, who noted that the numbers were three times higher than during past exercises. The amphibious exercise is expected to be one of the largest shore-based war games held by the Chinese military in recent years.

Other defense officials sought to play down the exercises. One official said the Dongshan maneuvers are "Phase 2" of war games under way in the South China Sea.

"This is part of the spring amphibious exercise series," the official said. "Dongshan is right across from Taiwan, but we think these are normal [exercises]. It is not unusual for the Chinese to put everything they have into the mix."

At least 157 amphibious craft and vehicles were spotted recently on Dongshan island by U.S. intelligence-gathering aircraft, The Times said.

Preparations for the amphibious exercise near Taiwan come as Chinese forces are engaged in another military exercise farther south in the South China Sea, said officials familiar with U.S. intelligence reports.

The amphibious warfare arms on Dongshan were photographed last week and their presence was reported to Pentagon policy-makers.

Taiwan´s Defense Ministry said Friday that the military drills are "routine." His statement did not provide details on the exercises.

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