Taiwanese lawmakers visit U.S. military base in Hawaii

Taipei--A delegation of Taiwanese lawmakers visited a military base in Hawaii on Thursday to learn more about the support system there for U.S. servicemen and their families, according to a member of the delegation.

In a post on his personal Facebook page, Legislator Wang Ting-yu (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said the delegation visited the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which is near Honolulu.

The military facility, which is a merger of two bases, serves the U.S. Air Force and Navy and provides support for military personnel and their families.

During the visit, the Taiwanese lawmakers were briefed on the morale and welfare of the people housed at the base, Wang said.

The facilities at the base include schools, child care centers, and recreational and sports complexes, he said.

It is a good model for Taiwan, which is shifting to an all-volunteer military, Wang said.

"For soldiers dedicated to safeguarding Taiwan, we have to show them respect and treat them well," he said.

In another post, Wang said that the delegation also met with Maj. Gen. Arthur Logan, adjutant general for the Hawaii National Guard and the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

During that meeting, the delegation was briefed about the mission of the National Guard and its role in U.S. military missions in the Middle East and its disaster relief work, Wang said.

The Taiwan delegation, comprising DPP and Kuomintang lawmakers on the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, is visiting the U.S. to promote military exchanges with Taiwan.

Earlier in the week, the lawmakers visited Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

According to Wang, Kenneth Hara, deputy adjutant general for the Hawaii National Guard, is scheduled to visit Taiwan on Aug. 26.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel