Taiwan invites US military observers to computer war games during annual Han Kuang exercises

  • Pentagon and military specialists will be asked to evaluate Taipei’s combat readiness
  • Taiwan is making the most of goodwill from its vocal ally in the White House

South China Morning Post
Date: 11 Dec, 2019
By: Lawrence Chung  

Taiwan has formally invited US officers to observe the computer-simulated part of its annual Han Kuang military exercises in April to help assess the self-ruled island’s strength to fend off a threat from mainland China, according to a Taiwanese military source.

US officers have observed war games on the island before but their presence was not publicly acknowledged.

“Representatives of the Pentagon, Indo-Pacific Command, special forces, as well as specialists in unmanned aviation, undersea mines and other related warfare will be asked to join Taiwanese officers,” the military source said on Tuesday. “Afterwards, they will offer suggestions on devising war tactics.”

It follows the defence ministry’s announcement in a legislature meeting in October that it had budgeted funds for US military personnel to help assess the island’s war tactics and operations.

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