Taiwan Admits U.S. Troop Exercise for First Time in 40 Years Amid Growing China Threat
Members of the United States Marines have officially begun a training operation in Taiwan to help boost its military's combat readiness, the island's navy confirmed Monday.
Amphibious training exercises led by a group of visiting Marine Raiders were described as "routine" by Taiwan's Naval Command. It marked the first public acknowledgement of American troops in Taiwan since Washington and Taipei ended formal diplomatic ties in 1979.
Soldiers belonging to the Taiwan Marine Corps will receive four weeks of training under the Raiders—a special operations force—learning amphibious assault operations and speedboat infiltration techniques, Taiwan's United Daily News reported.