Responding to a question, ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang welcomed this kind of military assistance from Washington. He was responding to a local news agency report that about two hundred American trainers work on the islandin different places.
According to information from the CNA news agency, the trainers’ advice will be taken into account only later – in 2024 – when the mandatory military service in Taiwan will be increased from the current 4 months to one year.
The Americans were primarily assigned to boot camps and reservist units to familiarize them with Taiwanese service regulations and provide practical advice on training methods.
The ministry spokesman did not want to go into details about the program, and the unofficial representation of the United States did not comment on the information either. The latter’s spokesperson emphasized that “the support and defense relationship of the United States with Taiwan continues to be aligned with the current threat posed by the People’s Republic of China.”
Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region
– added the spokesperson in an e-mail sent to CNA.
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