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U.S. Congress passes act to allow Taiwan in RIMPAC

In a July 18, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, it shows that the fueling is part of the U.S. Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of th...

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In a July 18, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, it shows that the fueling is part of the U.S. Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of th...

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson Major-General Luo Shou-he announced Sunday the ministry’s sense of accomplishment after the U.S. Congress passed an act that would allow Taiwan to participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC), the world's largest international maritime exercise.

In past meetings with U.S. military officials, MND has always expressed its desire to join the exercise, which would help strengthen Taiwan's cooperation with the U.S. and other countries in terms of international humanitarian assistance.

The U.S. Congress passed an act in its National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 that “requires the Secretary of Defense to invite military forces of Taiwan to participate in any maritime exercise (RIMPAC) if the Secretary has invited the military forces of People's Republic of China to participate in such exercise.”

The U.S. Congress supports Taiwan's efforts to participate in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief segments of multilateral exercises such as RIMPAC, according to Luo.

According to the act, the U.S. government should reaffirm its security commitments under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which is the cornerstone of Taiwan-U.S. relations and a key instrument of peace, security, and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

The biannual warfare exercise allows the United States Pacific Command to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces as a mean of promoting stability in the region, a military exchange that Luo said will benefit Taiwan as well as other participating nations.

However, the major-general said he has yet to receive an invitation from his U.S. counterpart for Taiwan’s participation in the next joint exercise.


Updated : 2021-09-23 08:00 GMT+08:00