By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Taiwan's Marine Corps has sent a platoon of 40 marines for a month-long amphibious landing training at the U.S. military base on Guam to enhance their combat capabilities amid threats from China.
The Taiwan media reported that Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has confirmed the deployment of the elite platoon for combat training, which was first reported by the Apple Daily.
“Exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and the US have been well established for many years," Taiwan media quoted Kuon-cheng as saying
“This (training) is also a part of the cycle of exchanges… There is no need to speculate,” daily Taiwan News reported.
This comes after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week confirmed that the U.S. soldiers were deployed to Guam for “training purposes.”
"Both countries' marines will also undergo training for joint operations to learn the latest tactics from the U.S. Marine Corps," according to Focus Taiwan.
Tsai told CNN that Taiwan had "a wide range of cooperation with the U.S. aiming at increasing our defense capability," but she did not specify how many American service members were sent to Taiwan, saying only that the number was "not as many as people thought."