Guam could become hub for ‘strategic intelligence exchange’

The Guam, Taiwan, and US flags are shown together signifying the closer relations between Taiwan and Guam and the US. (PNC file photo)

Guam could become a regional hub for “strategic intelligence exchange,” the state-owned Central News Agency (CNA) of Taiwan reported.

CNA Focus Taiwan quotes Oddis Tsai, a researcher at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research, as saying that in the near future, Guam could become a hub of “strategic intelligence exchange” for Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S.

The article, written by Chen Yun-yu and Emerson Lim, pointed out that Guam, along with Taiwan, Palau and the Philippines, are the four points surrounding the Philippine Sea, a strategic area that Tsai says is “vital” for keeping People’s Liberation Army submarines and aircraft carriers from getting beyond the second island chain.

Guam is also one of the two strategic nodes in the new U.S. defense concept called “dynamic force employment,” which aims to make its military movements unpredictable to Beijing, Tsai said, adding that the U.S. is expected to relocate its Marines deployed in Okinawa to Guam starting in 2024.

Aside from the security issue, CNA also quoted Tsai as saying that increasing Chinese investment and Chinese immigrants in Guam are also things Taiwan should pay attention to.

Meanwhile, CNA also reported that Paul Chen, a career foreign service officer, will head Taiwan’s representative office in Guam, which is expected to be reopened at the end of August or by early September.

CNA quotes Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Joanne Ou as saying that Chen, the deputy chief of MOFA’s Office of Parliamentarian Affairs, is currently consulting with the United States on when he should assume office.

According to CNA, Chen is familiar with U.S. affairs as he had been assigned to Taiwan’s offices in Chicago and Los Angeles during his career.