Singapore Star in Taiwan forces have a large number of 60 tanks and other heavy weapons
“Star Force” equipment of SAR-21 rifle, different from the Taiwan military soldiers. “Star Force” assault vehicle, pay attention to the steering wheel on the right.
“China Times” that the “Star Force” Taiwan side to support this account would have in relation to mid-settled, “the future can no longer be offered free to the how much to pay a dime no less . ”
mid-February, Taiwan’s “defense minister” Gao Hua-chu, a secret visit to Singapore, only to its trip through the mouth of the DPP “legislators” have been leaked. Later, Taiwan’s military tried to eliminate adverse effects, or failed to stop Singapore-Taiwan military on behalf of home protest, which said it would cancel more new military cooperation projects, including the Singapore Starlight forces “training activities on the island.
this news has been the island’s media hot pursuit. According to the China Times claimed that the secret to units stationed there for training for 37 years, “Star Force” actually did not dig a penny base fee, targeting ammunition to buy low “friendship price” to the island arsenal . All this from a new “special relationship” and the Taiwan authorities to develop Practice diplomatic needs.
Singapore soldiers into a guest
It is understood that the “Star Force” belongs to Singapore in rotation troops sent to Taiwan in November each year by the New Zealand Duty The officers next year’s training plan, signed after consultations with the Taiwan military. The China Times quoted Taiwan “Defense Ministry” an anonymous official as saying: “‘Star Force’ to pay the costs related to training, but when asked about the amount paid annually, the military said it could not be found.” Again revealing meaning, the Singapore military personnel to enjoy “national treatment”, even if the money is also the meaning of meaning “. The other hand, the Taiwan military cooperation with the United States, whether the United States to receive equipment or trained, the cost of expensive “It’s incredible,” funds are the Taiwan authorities and the Pentagon in advance on a good budget, and then paid to the U.S..
“China Times” is not polite to point out Taiwan to train “Star Force” is not a simple “send love to overseas”. 1975, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew when he was Taiwan’s “Executive Yuan” Chiang Ching-kuo signed a top-secret agreement allowing Singapore to set up a special unit composed of infantry, artillery and armored, regular rotation to the Taiwan training. Lee Teng-hui era, Singapore and mainland China and Taiwan have a good relationship, then across it as a mediator, the Wang-Koo meeting on the election to be held in Singapore. Tight situation in the Taiwan Strait in 1996, Singapore acquiescence of Taiwan’s military, if a war can use the weapons of the “Star Force” Storage.
wait for the messenger role of Chen Shui-bian, Singapore continues to play both sides of the Taiwan military also began with the “Star Force” exercises every one to two years at Starlight meeting. The DPP, “Star Force” highly political significance in Taiwan during this period, will naturally not a question of money onto the table.
now Ma Ying-jeou era of cross-strait talks in Beijing in Taipei, and no longer need to leveraging third-party role shrunk in Singapore, “Star Force” has become a cross-strait detente witness. In this context, the brothers out afterwards, “the voice began to prevail in the island,” China Times “think” Star Force “Taiwan side to support this account would have in relation to mid-settled,” the future can not free entertainment, the how much to pay a dime no less. ”
Taiwan military dispatched elite troops play an imaginary enemy
familiar with the inside story of “Star Force” Taiwan military sources, Singapore as an island, to take “aggressive defense” strategy , coupled with the lack of venues far from the downtown area, its large military training facility can only be built overseas, one of the biggest training ground for non-Taiwan is none other than. Currently, the Army in Hukou, and Nantou in Taiwan has four training camps, 60 tanks and artillery stationed here. In addition, the Taiwan military the Hengchun Forces joint training bases, the Douliou artillery base, Hukou armored force base open to the Star Force, which conducted live-fire shooting, required ammunition directly to the arsenal of Taiwan’s first 205 joint logistics procurement.
Taiwan’s armed forces to ensure the “Star Force” training effect, and even dispatched a brigade-sized forces to act as an imaginary enemy. In southern Taiwan in 2006, the two sides held maneuvers code-named the “peak”, the Taiwan Army sent 298 Mechanized Infantry Brigade, New training simulation of urban street fighting, and Singapore forces. During the exercise, Singapore soldiers deliberately put on the Taiwan military uniform, the local people aware of the strange – many “soldiers who have even had mustaches (which in the Taiwan military is not allowed), but many of these soldiers dark skin, looks remarkably like the South Asians, speaking in a strange accent Minnan or bad English, over time, the external natural realize that they are training in Taiwan, Singapore forces.
Taiwan military officers said they would particularly like “Star Force” over training, so that you can experience some “only to hear his name, no appearance of weapons and equipment to provide a reference for future military procurement . A representative example is the “Star Force” has been used in Taiwan, a European mine detectors, not only light sensitive, and can accurately distinguish between the iron and mines, than the old product of the Taiwan military’s advanced multi- finally prompted the Taiwan side and ordered the same model equipment.
Taiwan media said the recent years, with increasingly close political and economic relations in Singapore and mainland China, the “Star Force” whether to continue presence in Taiwan, facing more and more uncertainties. Today, the island off requirements of the new party “and pay fee” sound, Taiwan’s decision-making may not intend to adopt, or will affect the prospects for military cooperation, Singapore to Taiwan’s judgment.share: