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Taiwan held its largest military exercise in 20 years on last Thursday in Northern Taiwan. The Han Kuang military exercises are held every year to counter a potential invasion by China. President Chen Shui-bian spoke after the military exercises, saying the drills were a success. He also took the opportunity to once again call on the legislature to pass a budget for the purchase of weapons from the United States. Chen said the arms are necessary to enhance the nation's defenses. Chen said Taiwan's allies -- including the United States and Japan -- are concerned about Taiwan's ability to defend itself against an attack from China. He added that tensions are on the rise in North Korea and the Middle East, and that each country has a duty to improve its defenses. Taiwan's legislature has yet to pass the multi-billion dollar purchase of arms from the United States. Opposition lawmakers have blocked the budget in the legislature since 2004.