United States To Expand Troop Presence In Taiwan For Training Against China Threat

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The Pentagon is helping Taiwan focus on tactics and weapon systems that would make the island harder to assault. The United States plans to deploy between 100 and 200 troops to the island in the coming months, up from roughly 30 there a year ago, according to U.S. officials. The larger force will expand a training program the Pentagon has taken pains not to publicize as the U.S. works to provide Taipei with the capabilities it needs to defend itself without provoking Beijing.

The number of American troops, which has included special-operations forces and the U.S. Marines, has fluctuated by a handful during the past few years, according to Defense Department data. The planned increase would be the largest deployment of forces in decades by the U.S. on Taiwan, as the two draw closer to countering China’s growing military power beyond training on Taiwan, the Michigan National Guard is also training a contingent of the Taiwanese military, including during annual exercises with multiple countries at Camp Grayling in northern Michigan, according to people familiar with the training.

The Expanded Training, Both In The United States And In Taiwan

It is part of a gathering of United States push to help a close partner prepare to thwart a possible invasion by china. The U.S. officials said the expansion was planned for months, well before the U.S.- China relations plummeted anew this time after a suspected Chinese spy balloon traversed North America for more than a week before being shot down by the Air Force.

With a decades-old military buildup gaining spectrum, China’s People’s Liberation Army is increasingly engaging in aggressive maneuvers, sending plans, ships, and additional troops will be tasked with training Taiwan Forces.