US drill a ‘superb’ opportunity: minister

CHINA INVITE RESCINDED: Lawmakers demanded to know what headway the government was making in efforts to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise

Taipei Times
Date: May 31, 2018
By: Jonathan Chin  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) yesterday said the US government’s

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa, left, and Vice Admiral Huang Hsi-ju, head of procurement at the ministry’s Armaments Bureau, yesterday take part in a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.  Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

removal of China from the Rim of the Pacific Exercise invitation list has created a “superb” opportunity for Taiwan to be included in the military drill.

Yen made the remark in response to questions from lawmakers during a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is held every two years in June and July, and is overseen by the US Pacific Fleet.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) asked if the government is stepping up its efforts to participate after Washington on Wednesday last week rescinded its invitation to China for this year’s exercise.    [FULL  STORY]

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