Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Happy Birthday

Taiwan has been marking its National Day. And for the first time in 16 years, the official ceremony featured a military parade.

Fighter jets - American F16s, French Mirages, and Taiwan's IDFs flew overhead - while military vehicles drove past the presidential offie, carrying missile systems - including some domestically developed advanced missiles.

Some Taiwanese special combat units were also part of the event.

Of course the show of strength is laden with political symbolism. A message to China that Taiwan can defend itself against any military attack. And a message to the public to show that the island is capable of building its own defences.

Protestors - while few- were kept well away from the plaza. Barbed wire, riot police and plenty of road blocks.


abekonge said...

That Taiwanese special units must be the Sexy Force. Now that they are out of the closet, China will most certainly develop a counter, and I can hardly contain myself in anticipation! :-p

caro said...

yes..note the lightly oiled torsoes