U.S.-Taiwan military relations continue to warm up, following the news that U.S. special forces are secretly stationed in Taiwan to train Taiwanese troops, and then the news that Taiwan’s army commander led a delegation to the United States, Taiwan’s defense minister confirmed, but denied that it was a secret visit.
According to Taiwan’s United Daily News on October 12, U.S. sources confirmed that Taiwan’s Army Commander Admiral Hsu Yen-pu led a small delegation to the U.S., which will call on the U.S. Defense Department’s top brass and will move on to Hawaii, where he is scheduled to call on Admiral John C. Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Army’s Indo-Pacific Command.
For the above news, Taiwan’s Defense Minister Qiu Guozheng said in an interview at the Legislative Yuan on the 12th that this is not a secret visit, but an exchange of work in accordance with the annual schedule, Xu Yanpu had reported to him before leaving, “This is an annual necessary meeting occasion.
According to reports, Xu Yanpu led a delegation of military intelligence, war training, planning division chiefs and interpreters from Taiwan’s Army Command, including a general, two major generals and five colonels, who boarded a plane and left Taiwan on Oct. 9.
The delegation’s main trip was to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference and exhibition, and to meet with senior U.S. Department of Defense officials during the trip.
Chinese military magazine simulates a PLA attack exercise on Taiwan. Photo shows the Liaoning aircraft carrier, fully loaded with J-15 carrier aircraft. (Weibo @shipknowledge)
According to U.S. sources, Xu Yanpu will also go to Hawaii to attend the U.S.-Taiwan “Landwehr” year-end meeting, during which he will exchange views with U.S. Army Pacific Region Commander Admiral Charles Flynn on military exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in 2022, and will also call on Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Aquilino.
Chinese military magazine simulates a PLA attack exercise on Taiwan. Photo shows the moment of firing the Dongfeng-10A cruise missile. (Weibo @shipknowledge)
The reporter asked whether Xu Yanpu’s trip was related to the national army’s absence from the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference held in the U.S. for the first time this year on the 10th, Qiu Guozheng said, “These are two different things. The meeting was attended by representatives, and there were many high-level exchanges that took place smoothly, “We have assessed that the National Defense Industry Conference did not send anyone this time, but there are agents.
The Chinese government has also been working with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to conduct drills in the southern part of Fujian Province, so is the situation on both sides of the Taiwan Strait quite tense? Qiu Guozheng said that the recent situation is clear to everyone, regardless of fragmentation or continuity, the national army is in full control, how to correspond, there are provisions related to the disposition of the situation, are doing in accordance with the provisions, “we have a department dedicated to research and evaluation, but this place is not convenient with you too much ink”.