Roaring out of the sky, an F-16V fighter jet lands smoothly to rearm and refuel on an unremarkable freeway in rural Taiwan, surrounded by rice paddies.
In different circumstances, this could be alarming sight. Taiwan’s fighter pilots are trained to land on freeways between sorties in case all of the island’s airports have been occupied or destroyed by an invasion.
Luckily, this was a training exercise.
There’s only really one enemy that Taiwan’s armed forces are preparing to resist – China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). And as China’s reputation as an economic and military superpower has grown in recent years, so too has that threat of invasion, according to security experts.