By Mei Jingya, Sina English
Taiwanese coast guards on Tuesday held live-fire drills on Taiping Island in the South China Sea.
Involving both light and heavy weaponry, the drill included the firing of machine guns and 81-mm mortars in a simulated defense against (Vietnamese) opposing forces trying to land on the island, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.
During the drill, Coast Guard personnel also practiced the emergency setting up of newly arrived 40-mm anti-aircraft guns and 120-mm mortars, although they did not fire them.
Three Taiwanese local legislators on Tuesday flew to Taiping Island to inspect the live ammunition drills.
Taiping Island is the biggest island in Nansha, boasting valuable resources.