40 Taiwan Marines Currently Training in Guam 我40名海陸精兵 赴關島接受美軍聯訓

Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng confirmed but tried to downplay news that 40 Taiwanese marines are currently training with U.S. troops in Guam. Chiu said exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. have been well established for many years; there is no need to speculate. 


Taiwan's Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng acknowledged on Tuesday, Nov. 2 that Taiwan's Marine Corps has sent 40 soldiers to a newly built U.S. military base in Guam for a month of joint amphibious exercise training termed as"the Roars of the Marine." Chiu said Taiwan-U.S. interactions have always been frequent for many years. He said people should not over-speculate about what's going on.

Chiu Kuo-cheng, Minister of National Defense: “We have been cooperating and have exchanges with the U.S. for a long time. Exchanges on different levels are quite common.”


In response to Taiwan's Army Command Headquarter's plan to invest a total of NT$1.44 million in a span of 4 years starting Oct. of 2021 in renting a new office space in a U.S. Army base, Chiu said this has been the way it is for a long time.

Chiu Kuo-cheng, Minister of National Defense: “We have much purchasing personnel who are based in the U.S. We have been renting military office spaces for many years. They need to do their work; it's not something temporary.”

President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN during a recent interview that a small number of U.S. forces are stationed in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, making her the first leader of Taiwan to acknowledge the presence of U.S. troops on the island. Chinese foreign ministry said such a move was provocative. Chiu responded that the U.S. is only assisting in training and they are on a rotational basis. Chiu said they are not based in Taiwan. Meanwhile, the Ocean Affairs Council Minister Lee Chung-wei said the council will replace the old radar system on the Pratas Island to strengthen its maritime reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to protect against military threats from China.

Lee Chung-wei, Minister of Ocean Affairs Council: “It's laid out in the budget book. We want to get a better radar system. We are following through with our plans.”

In response to whether coast guard officers will be stationed on the island, Lee said they will react accordingly to changes in the situation. 

 

 

 

外媒報導,我國海軍陸戰隊,已選派1個加強排,約40名兵力,前往關島美軍基地,接受為期一個月,"陸吼"兩棲聯合登陸作戰訓練。國防部長邱國正很低調,也沒有否定,只說台美交流合作行之有年,要外界不要多做揣測。

國防部長邱國正表示:「我們跟美方之間,有交流合作行之有年了,有些這個層級在互動,這也是交流的一環。」

而針對陸軍司令部,今年10月到2025年3月,將投入144萬,在美國陸軍"某基地"租用連絡官辦公室一事。邱國正回應,這也是行之有年。

國防部長邱國正表示:「我們有很多採購的有些工作人員,他固定駐紮在那個地方,他們也是租了很多年,跟他的工作性質有關,但這個不是臨時的。」


對於日前總統蔡英文,接受CNN專訪,首次證實,美軍在台協訓,遭中方直指是挑釁。邱國正回應,美軍是"助"台,相關人員來台協訓,是分批過來、訓練完就離開,並非直接派兵駐紮台灣。另外,為降低"東沙島"遭中國攻占的軍事威脅疑慮,海委會主委李仲威表示,將更新島上雷達系統。

海委會主委李仲威表示:「在預算書上面,大家都可以看得到,我們希望能夠換裝一個更好的雷達,這個是依照計畫在一直持續在走。」


至於未來是否會增加人力到東沙島,李仲威表示,需看整體情勢,海巡署兵力是彈性運用,會視狀況做機動調整。

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