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Taiwan Marine Corps will not join U.S. drill in Hawaii: Navy

ROC Central News Agency

2016/03/13 19:44:56

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) The Navy on Sunday denied an online media report that Taiwan's armed forces have been invited to take part in a United States-led military exercise next summer.

The story published by Storm Media is not true, the Navy said in a statement. It did not elaborate.

The news website reported that Taiwan's Marine Corps had been invited by the U.S. Pacific Command to participate in a joint amphibious drill in Hawaii in June.

Citing unnamed national security officials, the report said Taiwan would send a unit of the 99th Marine Brigade after its commander Major General Liu Yu-ping (劉豫屏) had attended an amphibious leaders' symposium held by the U.S. Pacific Command in May 2015.

Representatives from more than 20 countries participated in the symposium at the time, the report said.

(By Claudia Liu and Kay Liu)

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