Prodding the dragon: US tests China with special forces training in Taiwan

Date: 14 Nov, 2020
By: Jamie Seidel

Taiwan marines salute President Tsai Ing-wen during an offshore anti-terrorism drill in May 2019. Photo / AP

For the first time in 40 years, Taiwan has confirmed a contingent of US special forces is on the island to train its troops.

It's a move that could escalate tensions with Beijing.

A statement from Taiwan's Naval Command is the first time such high-level military co-operation has been admitted in decades, reports Taiwan News.

Groups of US special forces attending annual joint training operations in the small democracy is nothing new. What is new is the acknowledgment of the arrangement.

"This marks the first public confirmation of US military exchanges involving US Marines in Taiwan since the cessation of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the United States in 1979," the national news service reports.    [FULL  STORY]

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