Mon, Mar 18, 2002 - Page 3 News List

US security group invites Taiwan to study program


The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) under the US Pacific Command said Saturday it has invited Taiwan's senior military and civilian officials in charge of security affairs to attend its study program scheduled to open in April.

This is the first time that the center has taken the initiative to invite Taiwanese officials to take part in its 12-week "Executive Course" study program, marking a breakthrough in security-affairs exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and the US.

APCSS spokesman Bill Erwin said that acting on instructions from the Pentagon, the center sent an invitation to Taiwan in late February.

As APCSS is an official organ, its invitation to Taiwan has drawn attention. China and other Asia-Pacific countries have long attended the APCSS-organized study program.

Erwin stressed that the US "one China" policy has remained unchanged.

This is the first time that the US Pacific Command-affiliated think tank has invited Taiwanese officials to attend its study course.

According to Erwin, China will also send four officials to attend the upcoming "Executive Course."

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