A computer simulation projected that China could land forces on Taiwan, but they would be repulsed after two weeks of fierce fighting and harsh losses to both sides, according to Taiwan's military. The complex simulation involved a scenario of China invading the island, 100 miles off its coast, in 2012, AP reported. In the simulation, Chinese ships ferry forces to the island, backed by heavy missile barrages and pinpoint air strikes on Taiwanese military bases and other strategic facilities. After two weeks of fierce fighting, Taiwan's army corners and destroys the mainland Chinese invaders. Taiwanese Lt. Gen. Hsu Tai-sheng said the simulation highlighted shortcomings in the island's military preparedness. Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers Taiwan Chinese territory. The computer scenario was based on China's repeated threats to attack if Taiwan ever tries to formalize its de facto independence.
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