Taiwanese President Ma to attend crisis simulation drill

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will attend a drill on Tuesday, simulating the escalation of military conflicts in the East and South China seas, Taiwan's National Security Council said Monday.

According to a statement by the council, Ma will be riding in the armored vehicle "Clouded Leopard" to a military command center in Dazhi, Taipei City, presiding over the political and military drill on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In light of the military standoffs in the East and South China seas in recent years, the council said military conflicts in the region are likely.

Policy-making and coordination between the government and the military during crises will be tested in Tuesday's drill.

Government agencies set to participate in the drill include the Presidential Office, the National Security Council, the National Security Bureau and the Executive Yuan.