AIT touts US-Taiwan security cooperation with visit to naval base

Director Brent Christensen says US committed to Taiwan's defense under TRA

AIT delegation with MND and Navy officers in Kaohsiung, Aug. 20 (AIT photo)

AIT delegation with MND and Navy officers in Kaohsiung, Aug. 20 (AIT photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As part of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) celebration of the 40th year anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), August has been designated “Security Cooperation Month.”

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), AIT Director Brent Christensen made a visit to a Taiwan Navy facility and gave an address on the current state of U.S.-Taiwan relations in the realm of defense and security. His visit to the naval base was organized by the Strategic Planning Office of the Ministry of National Defense.

In his remarks, the AIT director emphasized that the U.S. has consistently honored its defense commitments to Taiwan. This has been evidenced by various personnel exchanges and joint military training programs.

During his visit to the military base, Christensen went aboard a Keelung-class destroyer and also observed some amphibious assault vehicles (AAV7) similar to a large batch of the vehicles recently purchased from the U.S. and expected for delivery in 2020. Over the past weekend, the Trump administration announced that it was moving forward with the sale of 66 F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan in order to bolster the country’s air defenses in case of an attack from China.

Christensen noted that Taiwan is an indispensable partner of the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific and that Taiwan contributes to the peace and prosperity of the region, reports UDN. He also met with Kaohsiung Mayor and presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) during his Tuesday visit.

(Photo from American Institute in Taiwan FB page)