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Taiwan attends amphibious symposium held by U.S. military

Taiwan attends amphibious symposium held by U.S. military

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taiwan was among more than 20 countries that participated in an amphibious leaders symposium hosted by the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii earlier this week with the goal of enhancing stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Participants in the U.S. Pacific Command Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS) also observed an amphibious landing by the U.S.' 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit May 19 after discussing amphibious doctrine the previous day, according to a statement from the U.S. Pacific Command released May 20. "The three-day U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific-led PALS, is an event designed to bring together senior leaders of allied and partner Marine Corps, naval infantries, and militaries spanning the Indo-Asia-Pacific region with interest in military amphibious capability development," the statement said. "The objective is to have meaningful dialogue on key aspects of maritime and amphibious operations, capability development, and interoperability," it said. Countries participating in the inaugural symposium included Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, the statement said. However, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense declined to confirm the country's participation when asked about the issue. "We will not comment," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???) said Thursday in Taipei. "The Defense Ministry welcomes any move conducive to exchanges and cooperation between our military and other countries," he added. On May 19, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said in Washington that China was not included in the symposium that kicked off a day earlier, due to specific U.S. laws prohibiting the involvement of the People's Liberation Army, according to information on the Defense Department's website. "(This is) because we will be including discussions and demonstrations of ship-to-shore assaults," he said. U.S. Public Law 106-65, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2000, "prohibits us from having (military-to-military) exchanges or contact with representatives of the PLA that include force projection operations and advanced combined-arms and joint combat operations," he added. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 05:51 GMT+08:00