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Taiwan has officially acknowledged that U.S. Marines are training in the country. On 9th Nov, Taiwan's Naval Command confirmed media reports that a contingent of U.S. Marines have arrived at the invitation of Taiwan's military.
They will help train Taiwanese troops. The program will go on for four weeks.
This is the first time in 40 years there is a public acknowledgment that U.S special forces are working with the Taiwanese force. Taiwan has refrained from confirmation of U.S. military exchanges involving U.S. Marines in Taiwan since the cessation of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the United States in 1979.
As per reports, the Marine Raiders, the Marines' special operations soldiers, have started training Taiwanese Marines in assault boat and speedboat infiltration operations at the Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung.
Taiwan's Navy Command stated that this case is a 'routine Taiwan-U.S. military exchange and cooperation training.” It said that it hopes that through this exchange with U.S. Marines, it can improve the combat capabilities of its own troops.
The U.S. Marines first followed the Ministry of Health and Welfare's epidemic prevention protocol of observing two weeks of quarantine at an epidemic prevention hotel before the training could begin.
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