President visits marine base on New Year’s Eve


TAIPEI–President Ma Ying-jeou visited a Republic of China Marine Corps base in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan, on Wednesday, to bring Lunar New Year greetings in person to the soldiers stationed there. Accompanied by Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu and Commander of the R.O.C. Navy Admiral Kao Kuang-Chi, Ma distributed gifts and red envelopes to the members of the R.O.C. 66th Marine Brigade on the eve of the new year holiday. The president was in high spirits and joined the soldiers as they belted out the R.O.C. Marine Corps song. He listened attentively to a briefing on the marines’ operations and their newly acquired weapons systems, including M60A3 tanks — the same model used by the U.S. Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf War — and FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles.