US report urges closer military support for Taiwan
Nov 16, 2017CultureComments Off on US report urges closer military support for Taiwan
The Presidential Office on Thursday thanked the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) for its long-term support for Taiwan's regional security. The USCC was created by the US Congress in 2000 to monitor the impact of China on US economic and security interests.
The USCC's 2017 annual report urged the US government to invite Taiwan to participate, at least as an observer, in US-led military and security-related exercises. Those exercises include the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise, Red Flag air-to-air combat training and the Cyber Storm cybersecurity exercise. The report also calls for the US to support Taiwan in strengthening its defensive capabilities and enhancing Taiwan's opportunities to contribute to regional and international security. It also urged efforts against China's attempts to limit Taiwan's international space.
Presidential Office spokesperson Sidney Lin said Thursday that Taiwan will continue to communicate closely with the US. Lin said he believes sound Taiwan-US ties benefit regional peace and stability.