NOT NEWS – US SOF Troops ‘Secretly’ in Taiwan for a Year – But ADN Reported on This Last Year

U.S. Army Green Berets, assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), carry a zodiac boat uphill prior to executing boat carries during a company team-building event on Oct. 30, 2018, Fort Carson, Colorado. The team building events, which included a ruck march, boat carries, a river run, and a 5-mile run, helped build company cohesion and esprit de corps. / (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Connor Mendez)

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that a “U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces,” and that they “been operating in Taiwan for at least a year.” This news even provoked a communist Chinese call for the United States to cut off military ties with Taiwan on Friday.

According to WSJ:

China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it urged the U.S. to adhere to prior agreements and to cease military aid to Taiwan. “China will take all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it said.

As the Washington Post noted,

China, angered by growing international sympathy and support for Taiwan from the United States and its allies, has sharply escalated its military aggression toward the island. In the past week, the Chinese air force flew a record 150-odd warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.

This unprecedented aerial Chinese incursion was also reported by American Defense News (AND).

The Wall Street Journal also reported that:

Asian media reports last year suggesting a possible U.S. Marine deployment in Taiwan were never confirmed by U.S. officials. The presence of U.S. special operations forces hasn’t been previously reported.

However, this is incorrect as ADN reported on both Marine Raider and Special Forces deployments in November 2020.

ADN noted last year: “U.S. Marine Raiders, the Marines’ special operations troops will begin training Taiwanese Marines in assault boat and speedboat infiltration operations today at the Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung.” ADN added:

This public announcement of U.S. Marines operating on the island is notable because it “marks the first public confirmation of U.S. military exchanges involving U.S. Marines in Taiwan since the cessation of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the United States in 1979…”

This is also “the first interaction between Taiwanese troops and those of an allied country since the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) put a halt to such exchanges about seven or eight months ago.”

The U.S. does send small teams of Army special forces troops and others from other branches for joint training missions to Taiwan, but they are rarely acknowledged by the Taiwan government…

Every year, for example, Taiwan’s Republic of China (ROC) Army Aviation and Special Forces Command hold a joint training exercise called ‘Balance Tamper’ with U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).

Perhaps reporters at the Wall Street Journal should subscribe to American Defense News. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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