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World U.S. and Taiwan Coast Guards to Hold First Joint Drills At Sea: Report

04:20  04 october  2021
04:20  04 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Neither commented on reports about a first -ever joint exercise at sea , which the Liberty Times of Taipei said had been scheduled for the "near future." It is unclear whether they would be linked to the ongoing INDOPACOM-led "Large Scale Global Exercise 21," which will last through to August 27. Taiwan ' s heavy patrol ship Chiayi, flanked by coast guard vessels Taitung, Anping and a small patrol boat, conducted training drills 28 nautical miles off the eastern port of Hualien, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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a small boat in a body of water with smoke coming out of it: Taiwan's second Anping-class patrol boat Chengkung, delivered to the country's Coast Guard Administration on June 25, 2021. © Taiwan Coast Guard Taiwan's second Anping-class patrol boat Chengkung, delivered to the country's Coast Guard Administration on June 25, 2021.

Taiwan denied taking part in drills with the United States Coast Guard on Tuesday but said it "does not rule out" possible cooperation, after vessel-tracking data showed a fleet of ships sailing into the Pacific in what reports said were rehearsals for an upcoming joint exercise.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei, confirmed on Wednesday the first meeting had taken place of the U.S.-Taiwan Coast Guard Working Group (CGWG)—a pact agreed back in March as a way to increase maritime cooperation between the two countries.

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Taiwan denied taking part in drills with the United States Coast Guard on Tuesday but said it “Does not rule out” possible cooperation, after vessel-tracking data showed a fleet of ships sailing into the Pacific in what reports said were rehearsals for an upcoming joint exercise. Citing a Taiwan Coast Guard source, the Liberty Times said Tuesday’ s exercises led by the 4,000-ton offshore patrol vessel Chiayi were a rehearsal for the upcoming drills with the U . S . Coast Guard . Defense analyst Su Tzu-yun said it is only natural for the Taiwanese government to be cautious about what it discloses

Today the United States Coast Guard and Taiwan Coast Guard held the first Coast Guard Working Group (CGWG) meeting. The CGWG is part of the framework to increase bilateral maritime cooperation outlined under the March 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the That MOU established the working group as a forum to improve communications, build cooperation, and share information between AIT and TECRO through their respective designated representatives: the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Taiwan Coast Guard . Both sides discussed ways to improve joint

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said the dialogue took place virtually, and that regular meetings would be held in the future.

Neither commented on reports about a first-ever joint exercise at sea, which the Liberty Times of Taipei said had been scheduled for the "near future."

It is unclear whether they would be linked to the ongoing INDOPACOM-led "Large Scale Global Exercise 21," which will last through to August 27.

Taiwan's heavy patrol ship Chiayi, flanked by coast guard vessels Taitung, Anping and a small patrol boat, conducted training drills 28 nautical miles off the eastern port of Hualien, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The fleet returned to the same location early on Wednesday, according to vessel-tracker MarineTraffic, which uses ship data transmitted to the automatic identification system (AIS).

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The US and British navies have conducted their first joint military drills in the South China Sea , where a rising China is tightening its grip. The US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll have spent the past six days training together in the South China Sea . The exercise follows an earlier trilateral drill in the Philippine Sea focused on anti-submarine warfare and involving the US Navy, Royal Navy, and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Both the US and British navies have run afoul of Beijing in the contested waterway.

Amid speculation that the Taiwanese ships had exercised with their U.S. counterparts on Tuesday, the island's Coast Guard Administration denied any American vessels were involved.

A statement on its website said the U.S.-Taiwan CGWG involves cooperation in areas such as search and rescue, as well as tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The administration said it "also does not rule out any possible form of interaction or cooperation in the future," but noted that the contents of the coast guard pact would not be disclosed without the agreement of both parties.

a group of people on a boat: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (L) presides over a ceremony to launch the coast guard patrol ship Chiayi on June 2, 2021, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan Presidential Office © Taiwan Presidential Office Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (L) presides over a ceremony to launch the coast guard patrol ship Chiayi on June 2, 2021, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan Presidential Office a large ship in a body of water: Taiwan Coast Guard patrol vessel Chiayi at a launch ceremony on June 2, 2021, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan Presidential Office © Taiwan Presidential Office Taiwan Coast Guard patrol vessel Chiayi at a launch ceremony on June 2, 2021, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan Presidential Office

Citing a Taiwan Coast Guard source, the Liberty Times said Tuesday's exercises led by the 4,000-ton offshore patrol vessel Chiayi were a rehearsal for the upcoming drills with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The Coast Guard ’ s Munro vessel joined the Rim of the Pacific 2020 naval exercises in August with nine other nations to strengthen relationships that are “critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and the security of the world’ s oceans,” Schultz said. The "militia" refers to Chinese fishing fleets so large that other countries see them as de facto displays of military force. Coast guards around the world normally work just to defend shorelines and nearby seas . The U . S . missions far from American waters might face legal questions eventually if they range too far, said Derek Grossman, a senior analyst with

The two coast guards held the exercises to promote security and enhance law enforcement interoperability in Philippine maritime jurisdiction, the PCG said in a statement released Wednesday. "The success of the joint maritime exercise between the PCG and USCG will not only strengthen international partnerships for immediate response to calamities and disasters but will also ensure that our personnel could effectively perform their mandated functions in countering terrorism and other acts of lawlessness in our country’ s waters,” PCG Commandant Admiral George Ursabia said.

The U.S.-Taiwan coast guard agreement will increase mutual cooperation in disaster relief and environmental protection. Observers say the pact will help counter so-called "gray-zone" threats posed by China's coast guard and its maritime militia.

On March 26, when the CGWG was established, the Chinese military flew 20 warplanes—including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers—into Taiwan's air defense identification zone. It was the largest intrusion of aircraft in a single day, before the record was broken again in June.

Defense analyst Su Tzu-yun said it is only natural for the Taiwanese government to be cautious about what it discloses, given the diplomatically sensitive nature of cooperation with the U.S.

The recent Taiwan Coast Guard drills were a form of "diplomatic art," he told Newsweek. The patrol ships could have turned off their AIS transceivers, but chose not to.

This allowed observers to spot and track the fleet, thereby tacitly confirming U.S.-Taiwan coast guard cooperation, said Su, who is with the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taipei.

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China needs a stronger message to 'tamp down' aggression against Taiwan .
Washington muddles along with its policy of strategic ambiguity, unchanged since the Clinton administration.His formulaic message is not commensurate with China's increasingly aggressive actions. Beijing has heard it all before, for decades. What it has never heard - except transiently from George W. Bush and only implicitly from Donald Trump - is that America will defend Taiwan.

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