Taiwan will invite US officials to visit three times a year to help assess its defence capabilities. Photo: EPA

Taiwan invites US to help gauge its military strength as analysts warn of growing threat from mainland China

  • Taipei’s request is first time it has publicly asked US to help assess its combat readiness and follows Donald Trump’s support for closer cooperation
  • Defence experts highlight PLA’s reform programme as posing an increasing challenge to the island’s military
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Taiwan will invite US officials to visit three times a year to help assess its defence capabilities. Photo: EPA
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.