An annual capability exercise by the US Army’s Special Operations Command highlighted the military’s growing worry over China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific by simulating a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
The US Army’s Special Operations Command held an annual capabilities exercise, which involved a Taiwan scenario for the first time. The exercise saw soldiers using traditional tactics and weapons from the Global War on Terror, alongside new tools aimed at defending against major military rivals. The mission focused on an insertion into Taiwan to defend against a Chinese invasion. The People’s Republic of China and its military, the PLA, were explicitly named as the opposition force during the exercise, highlighting the US military’s growing concern over China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific. The soldiers also emphasized the importance of perfecting the fundamentals of warfare, including language capabilities, and psychological operations to gain the informational advantage over an enemy.