Threats spark air drillChina | Associated Press Jan 18, 2019
Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast yesterday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary. Artillery and assault helicopters fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung, while French-made Mirage fighter jets took off from the air base at Hsinchu to the north. The drills follow President Xi Jinping earlier this month reasserting Beijing's willingness to use military force against Taiwan.. The drills also follow a new Pentagon report laying out US concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan.