ROC to send ob­servers to US Armed Forces train­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Army will send a mech­a­nized in­fantry pla­toon to Hawaii later this year to ob­serve a U.S. mil­i­tary train­ing ses­sion that will fea­ture eight-wheeled ar­mored com­bat ve­hi­cles, a lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported Satur­day.

The pla­toon will also pay at­ten­tion to the strate­gic de­ploy­ment of such ve­hi­cles, the Chi­nese- lan­guage United Evening News re­ported.

Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shouhe, how­ever, de­clined to con­firm the news­pa­per re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the Army’s mech­a­nized in­fantry brigades are in the process of re­plac­ing their aging ar­mored ve­hi­cles with the lo­cally de­vel­oped eight- wheeled CM- 32 “Clouded Leop­ard.”

The new ex­change pro­gram with the U.S. was ini­ti­ated so that Tai­wan’s Army could learn more about the op­er­a­tion and de­ploy­ment of eight- wheeled ar­mored com­bat ve­hi­cles, the re­port said.

The Army will send the mech­a­nized in­fantry pla­toon to a U.S. mil­i­tary base in Hawaii in the sec­ond half of the year to ob­serve their train­ing, the re­port said.

Last year, Tai­wan’s Army sent a scout pla­toon on an eight-week train­ing ses­sion with U.S. sol­diers, the pa­per said.

Mil­i­tary ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries have been grow­ing in re­cent years, although they do not have of­fi­cial diplo­matic re­la­tions.

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