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Taiwan to observe U.S. armored combat vehicle training: report

Taiwan to observe U.S. armored combat vehicle training: report

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan's Army will send a mechanized infantry platoon to Hawaii later this year to observe a U.S. military training session that will feature eight-wheeled armored combat vehicles, a local newspaper reported Saturday. The platoon will also pay attention to the strategic deployment of such vehicles, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???), however, declined to confirm the newspaper report. According to the report, the Army's mechanized infantry brigades are in the process of replacing their aging armored vehicles with the locally developed eight-wheeled CM-32 "Clouded Leopard." The new exchange program with the U.S. was initiated so that Taiwan's Army could learn more about the operation and deployment of eight-wheeled armored combat vehicles, the report said. The Army will send the mechanized infantry platoon to a U.S. military base in Hawaii in the second half of the year to observe their training, the report said. Last year, Taiwan's Army sent a scout platoon on an eight-week training session with U.S. soldiers, the paper said. Military exchanges between the two countries have been growing in recent years, although they do not have official diplomatic relations. Last month, Gen. Yen De-fa (???), Taiwan's chief of the general staff, and Taiwan's Navy commander Adm. Lee Hsi-ming (???) were invited to a joint change of command ceremony for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) on May 27 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The presence of the two Taiwanese military officers at the ceremony followed Taiwan's participation in the first amphibious leaders symposium hosted by the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii last month, which brought together representatives from more than 20 countries. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 21:44 GMT+08:00