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Published on 13 Sep 2022 / In News & Politics

World News: U.S. Marines and special operators have been quietly training troops in Taiwan amid concerns about China:report

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According to a report by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday,... a small force of U.S. Marine and special operators have been secretly training troops in Taiwan on a rotational basis for at least a year,... amid growing concerns over China.
Citing U.S. officials,... the report added that the force includes about two dozen special operators and support troops who are working with ground force units,... as well as an unspecified number of Marines working with Taiwan's maritime units on small-boat operations.
While the U.S. Department of Defense neither confirmed nor denied the report,... Pentagon spokesman John Supple said in a statement via email to the Wall Street Journal,... that the U.S.'s "support for and defense relationship with Taiwan remains aligned against the current threat by the People's Republic of China".
The report also come after the Chinese military flew nearly 150 military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone over a four day period,... pushing Taiwan to send patrol aircraft,... issue radio warnings,... and track the Chinese aircraft with air defense systems.
Taiwanese defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng even warned Wednesday,... that China would likely be able to launch a "full-scale" invasion of Taiwan by 2025,... while the White House urged Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday held talks with Pope Francis,... as part of her farewell visit to Italy.
Merkel and the pontiff have met several times before during her time in office,... and the two spoke privately in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace for about 45 minutes.
After the private meeting,... Pope Francis gifted her copies of some of his writings,... and a miniature reproduction of one of the bronze doors of St. Peter's Basilica,... while Merkel gave him a three-volume collection on the gospels and book on Michelangelo.
Last month,... during an interview with a Spanish radio network,... Pope Francis called Merkel "one of the world's greatest political figures".

And finally over in Hollywood,... Daniel Craig became the 2-thousand-704th celebrity to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.
And the location of the latest addition to the Walk of Fame?
7-double-oh-7 Hollywood Boulevard,... in honor of the fictional British spy's code number.
The 53-year-old actor who has played James Bond since 2006,... will have his star just meters away from his predecessor as Bond,... Sir Roger Moore.
Craig also joins other fellow Bond actors, Pierce Brosnan, David Niven and Barry Nelson along the iconic walkway.
Stars on the Walk of Fame are given each year by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce,... chosen from hundreds of applications.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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2021-10-08, 10:00 (KST)

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