To prepare for Taiwan’s defense against a future Chinese invasion, the US Special Operations Command runs a simulated exercise that includes strategies for “gray zone” issues and Mandarin competence.
The US Special Operations Command (USASOC) has conducted a training exercise to simulate Taiwan’s defense against a potential Chinese invasion. During the drill, American soldiers landed Chinook helicopters on a landing zone in Taiwan, infiltrated the area, and used various military tactics. The troops also addressed “gray zone” tactics employed by China and responded to information warfare. USASOC commander, Lieutenant General Jonathan Braga, stated that China remains a “true pacing challenge” for Washington’s national defense strategy. The soldiers demonstrated their command of Mandarin to gain a critical advantage on the battlefield and tapped the help of civilians to play the role of Taiwanese residents firing at enemy positions. Taiwan has also announced plans to practice intercepting warships and combatting a Chinese blockade during a war game simulation in July.