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U.S AUTHORIZED SALE OF DOCK LANDING SHIP TO TAIWAN

2004-05-21 23:42:10

    Washington, May 21, (CNA) The House of Representatives authorized the U.S. president Friday to sell to Taiwan an Anchorage-class dock landing craft and step up exchanges between the U.S. military and the Republic of China armed forces.

    In its National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2005, the House of Representatives also requires the Secretary of Defense to undertake a program of senior military officer and senior official exchanges with Taiwan designed to improve Taiwan's defenses against the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China.

    These exchanges shall focuse on threat analysis, military doctrine, force planning, logistical support, intelligence collection and analysis, operational tactics, techniques, and procedures which relate to defending Taiwan against potential submarine attack and potential missile attack, according to the act.

    The senior military officer and senior official exchanges shall be conducted in both the United States and Taiwan.

    The act said the term `senior military officer' means a general or flag officer of the Armed Forces on active duty while the term `senior official' means a civilian official of the Department of Defense at the level of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense or above.

(By Jay Chen & Maubo Chang)

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