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

21-Aug-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

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 (August 20), AIT director Brent Christensen made a visit to a Taiwan Navy facility and gave an address on the current state of US-Taiwan relations in the realm of defense and security. His visit to the naval base was organised by the Strategic Planning Office of the Ministry of National Defense.

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

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 US 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 US 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 during his Tuesday visit.


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