On Haiko beach in southern Taiwan, thousands of army, navy and air force troops conducted drills, including an artillery barrage on targets in the sea.
The simulation came on the heels of the American and China dispute in which a U.S. surveillance plane made an emergency landing with a Chinese military airfield after a Chinese jet hit it.
Meanwhile in Washington, the Bush administration is considering a proposed deal to sell the independent nation of Taiwan, which China claims is a renegade province, U.S. air destroyers. Senior U.S. defense officials oppose the sale. Under a 1979 law, the United States is committed to providing Taiwan with weapons for sufficient self-defense.
BBC quoted Michael Tsian, a member of parliament in the country's governing Democratic Progressive Party, as saying: "The No. 1 potential threat from Taiwan's point of view actually is from men in China. They have never said they will give up invasion by force."
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