The United States military has maintained a special operations unit in Taiwan to train local military forces to increase the island’s defense for the past year, according to a report in Human Events.
According to the publication, the contingent of marines have been working covertly to train the Taiwanese military as a way of helping the island nation develop a defense system that could fend off potential aggressions from the Chinese.
This news comes as the memory of the fatally flowed withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan at the behest of President Joe Biden is still fresh on the minds of Americans.
As the country decides how it can take a military that no long has a “no man left behind” policy with Biden at the helm, it’s come to the eyes of many, er the Wall Street Journal, that the same military is though to be helping defend the island from a country Biden has been thought to have close personal ties to.
According to Human Events report, almost two dozen special operations troops have been working with small units of ground forces in Taiwan to train them to be in the best position possible, should their neighbors in China decide they’d like to annex the nation.
The issue has been of grave concern to the nation, as was reported by CBS News who reported that both Taiwan’s president and foreign minister have raised concerns about a hypothetical Chinese invasion.
“If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system,” wrote President Tsai Ying-wen in Foreign Affairs. “It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”
Officials of the island nation have shared concern over the aggressive show of military force by the nation of China that even drew criticism from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki:
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” White House spokesperson Psaki told reporters on Monday.
“We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. That’s why we’ll continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement released on Sunday evening.