The U.S. State Department has issued a request for U.S. Marines to be stationed in Taiwan for the protection of diplomatic personal in Taipei, according to CNN. The request comes as China ramps up military exercises in the Taiwan Straits amid a looming trade war with the U.S.
The Marines requested by the State Department would be tasked with guarding AIT. The American military hasn't had a permanent presence in Taiwan since 1979.
China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on Friday that “the 'One China' principle is the political foundation for China-U.S. relations," and called the arrangement "not negotiable.”
Speaking on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China "cannot lose even one inch of the territory left behind by our ancestors.' The statement followed a visit to Beijing by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
The deployment of Marines to Taiwan would signal to America's allies in the South Pacific that the U.S. is resolved to act as a bulwark against aggressive Chines foreign policy. But it could also be a tripwire in the event that China invades the island.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe at the People's Liberation Army's Bayi Building in Beijing, China, on June 28, 2018. Secretary of Defense Mattis was on a three day trip to China to foster diplomatic ties. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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