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US Marines to train Taiwan troops for military combat preparedness, first time since 1979

A group of U.S. Marine Corps instructors are visiting Taiwan as part of an annual project to help train Taiwanese troops to beef up their combat preparedness, a military source told CNA Monday.


The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that all the instructors completed their required two-week quarantine before beginning their training sessions.


The source made the comments in response to a local media report that said the instructors were scheduled to begin training Taiwanese Marines and amphibious special force units in assault boat and speedboat infiltration operations for four weeks at the Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung, starting Monday.


The session marks the first military exchange between Taiwanese troops and those of an allied country since the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to such interaction about seven to eight months ago, according to the Chinese-language United Daily News.


The Navy Command Headquarters said in a press release that routine Taiwan-U.S. military exchanges and cooperation are taking place as usual in the name of maintaining regional peace and stability. -Central News Agency


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