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Hawaii Top Choice for Taiwan-National Guard Partnership

January 6, 2022

From the Newsweek website

Hawaii National Guard medical personnel along with counterparts from the Indonesian Armed Forces receive an intro brief during a visit to the Republic of Indonesia Center for Health Crisis Jun. 17, 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia. The tour of the health center was a kick-off event of a Subject Matter Expert Exchange between the Hawaii Air National Guard and Tentara Nasional Indonesia. The SMEE was part of the State Partnership Program which links a state’s National Guard with a partner nation in support of mutual interests. The program is held to foster positive relations and to build capacity with partner countries. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by SSgt Orlando Corpuz)

A new proposal by the United States could see Hawaii “adopt” Taiwan and help train the island’s forces through a partnership with the National Guard, according to a report out of Taipei this week.

Taiwan, a democratic and functionally independent state claimed by Beijing as one of its provinces, is urgently reforming its defense structure to better meet the security challenges posed by China, despite seemingly insurmountable odds. A bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last week required the Defense Department to assess the feasibility of cooperation between the National Guard and Taiwanese troops.

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