Did a U.S. Navy Admiral Really Visit Taiwan?

There has been a lot of speculation about the possible visit and what it means.

National Interest
Date: November 25, 2020
By: Peter Suciu

It has been widely reported that the government in Taipei publicly acknowledged that members of the United States Marine Corps had conducted training operations with the Taiwanese military. A unit of Marine Raiders was reportedly deployed to the island nation to help boost its military readiness. Now someone with a few more medals on his chest and a bit more experience on the international stage also apparently visited Taiwan.

Sources told the Reuters News Agency on Sunday that a “two star Navy admiral” overseeing U.S. military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region made an “unannounced visit. While it hasn’t been confirmed by outside sources, the U.S. Navy officer was reportedly Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, director of the J2, which oversees intelligences at the U.S. Navy’s Indo-Pacific Command.

The South China Morning Post reported that the admiral arrived on Sunday evening aboard a U.S. Gulfstream C-37, which is the type of aircraft that provides flights to senior U.S. government officials and law makers.

Taipei did not confirm that it was Studeman who actually made the flight, while the Pentagon declined to comment.    FULL  STORY]

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