HUNDREDS OF SOLDIERS CLEAN THE STRIP OF TAIWAN HIGHWAY FOR MIRAGE FIGHTER TEST LANDING.
Hundreds of soldiers clean the strip of a Taiwan highway to make final preparations for test-landing by two Mirage fighter jets in Tainan on July 21, 2004. Two Mirage fighter jets touched down on Wednesday on a usually busy Taiwan highway - the first time in 26 years - as part of war games to test the island's combat readiness against any attack by arch-foe China. The drills by Taiwan, claimed by China and seen by security analysts as the most dangerous flashpoint in the Asia-Pacific, coincided with drills by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on the island of Dongshan off China's southeastern coast. REUTERS/Richard Chung AH