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Taiwan Navy admiral attends U.S. Pacific command handover

Taiwan Navy admiral attends U.S. Pacific command handover

Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Taiwan's Navy Commander Adm. Lee Hsi-ming (???) was invited to attend a combined change of command ceremony for U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Pacific Command held in Hawaii earlier this week. Although Taiwan and the United States do not have official relations, military exchanges between the two countries have been increasing in recent years. Lee was invited to the ceremony held at Pearl Harbor May 27, according to a photo posted on U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert's Facebook page. Greenert was among the senior American military officers present at the ceremony. In a photo album titled "PACFLT/PACOM Change of Command," there is a photo of Greenert talking with Lee after the ceremony was held. In the photo, Lee wore a black suit and a white shirt, along with a pin in the shape of the Republic of China national flag. Lee's invitation to the ceremony showed America's goodwill, a Taiwanese Navy official said, noting that there has been an increase in military exchanges between Taiwan and the U.S. in recent years. During the joint ceremony, Adm. Harry Harris Jr. took over U.S. Pacific Command, becoming the first Japanese-American to head the command. Scott Swift assumed command of U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) from Harris. Lee's presence at the ceremony, which caught the Taiwanese media's attention, followed Taiwan's participation in the first amphibious leaders symposium hosted by the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii earlier this month, which brought together representatives from more than 20 countries. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 23:31 GMT+08:00