US, Tai­wan mil­i­tary sis­ter units to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Form­ing sis­ter units with U. S. mil­i­tary units could en­hance closer mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes, the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense ( MND) said yes­ter­day.

Field­ing ques­tions dur­ing a Leg­isla­tive ses­sion yes­ter­day, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Lt. Gen. Wang Shin­lung ( ) con­firmed a lo­cal me­dia re­port that said two R. O. C mil­i­tary units have re­cently formed sis­ter units with two U. S. units.

He noted that such an ar­range­ment has been made public in an MND re­port sent to the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan re­cently.

He noted that such form­ing of sis­ter units has both “sym­bolic and prac­ti­cal mean­ing” for the R. O. C. Armed Forces and their col­lab­o­ra­tion with U. S. coun­ter­parts.

Wang, how­ever, would not dis­close fur­ther de­tails about such co­op­er­a­tion, say­ing only that it is part of regular bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary ex­change.

The Chi­nese- lan­guage Lib­erty Times re­port yes­ter­day quoted an uniden­ti­fied mil­i­tary source as say­ing that the north­ern Taoyuan- based Army Avi­a­tion Spe­cial Forces 601st Brigade has formed a sis­ter unit with the Hawaii- based U. S. Army’s 25th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Brigade.

The MND Po­lit­i­cal War­fare Brigade’s Psy­cho­log­i­cal War­fare Bat­tal­ion Head­quar­ters has also formed a sis­ter unit with the U.S. 7th Psy­cho­log­i­cal Op­er­a­tions Group un­der the Pa­cific Com­mand, the re­port said.

The re­port quoted high- rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cial as say­ing that th­ese two ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion projects were both ini­ti­ated by the U. S. side.

Both sides had been en­gaged in close ne­go­ti­a­tions for quite some time be­fore fi­nally seal­ing the deal. This co­op­er­a­tion means the R. O. C. Armed Forces have es­tab­lished closer part­ner­ships for the fu­ture.

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