Pentagon is deploying troops in Taiwan for an upcoming large-scale exercise
TAIPEI, (BM) – An upcoming exercise between US Marines and Taiwanese troops is set to take place in the coming weeks, according to information from several online media outlets in Taiwan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
This military exercise is significant for the region and the country, given that diplomatic relations between the two countries have been at a rather mediocre level in recent decades, given the bad relations between America and Taiwan dating back to 1979.
According to the information provided by the local media, the US troops will conduct a number of consecutive trainings to their Taiwanese colleagues, especially in the field of tactical attacks on vessels, boats and ships, etc. The exercise itself will take place at Taiwan’s Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung.
In 2018, the United States and Taiwan began to significantly improve their diplomatic relations, which, as we have said, were frozen since 1979. The United States passed a law allowing its citizens to travel to the Far East, and in late 2019 the two countries resumed and their relationships at the consular level. Earlier this year (in March – ed.), The administration of US President Donald Trump prepared, presented and helped sign the TAIPEI law, which aims to include America’s partners in supporting the Taiwanese state and strengthen if so far they have not done so, the relationship with the island nation.
Improved U.S.-Taiwan relations have been marked significantly at the military level, with the Pentagon and its adjoining trade units announcing significant sales of U.S. military equipment in Taipei this year, including fighter jets, drones, missile systems and a variety of missiles. and many other deals directly related to Taiwan’s defense. The United States stands firmly behind Taiwan, sending clear signals and warnings to Beijing that the island nation receives full support from the US government and will continue to arm the Taiwanese military.
The Taiwanese government, on the other hand, is also sending positive signals to the world that the United States and Taiwan have opened a new page in their relationship and that it relies on the US government to continue to approve future military deals. Taiwan is trying to ensure security both on its territory and civilians, and in the region. On the other hand, such deals will support joint military co-operation in the field of surveillance and intelligence, strengthening defense capabilities and ensuring peace.
Some Taiwanese media are beginning to write about another possibility thanks to good relations, and that is the deployment of a permanent US troop presence in Taiwan to have a deterrent effect on a possible attempt by China to take military action against the island nation.
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