The US military has secretly trained Taiwan’s military for the past year
A report on Thursday said a contingent of US Special Operations and Marine Forces is secretly operating out of Taiwan as aggressive Chinese actions continue.
US military is working to train Taiwan’s military in an effort to shore up the defense of the Indo-Pacific nation, previously reported wall street journal.
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Officials told the publication that about two dozen members of the US Special Operations Unit and support troops have undergone ground training over the past year, while Marines have worked to train small boat units.
The news comes just days after a record number of Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense sector.
China’s air force flew around 150 fighter jets and bombers into the defense sector over a period of four days.
Although the aircraft did not officially enter Taiwan’s airspace, the show of force alarmed the international community and prompted the US, UK and Japan to conduct multi-national military exercises in the region.
Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang warned this week that “Taiwan definitely needs to be vigilant.”
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“China is increasingly on top,” he said. “We must come together and strengthen ourselves, only then the countries that want to occupy Taiwan will not easily dare to resort to force.”
Taiwan identifies as a sovereign nation, but is officially recognized by China, the United Nations, and the US as part of the one-China policy.
Chinese foreign Ministry claimed that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in talks on Wednesday insisted on the US “adherence to the one-China policy”.
But a statement issued by the White House said Sullivan raised “a number of areas where we concern the PRC. [People’s Republic of China] Action,” including in the South China Sea.
“Mr. Sullivan made it clear that … we will continue to invest in our national strength and work closely with our partners and partners,” the statement said.
China has repeatedly condemned Taiwan’s independence and said it would take back the island by force – a threat US security officials have warned could occur within the next six years.
“Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions,” Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March. “I think the danger [will] During this decade, in fact, will manifest over the next six years.”
Granthshala News could not immediately reach the White House for comment.