29 Jun '18, 2pm

US State Department requests for US Marines to be deployed to Taiwan: CNN

WASHINGTON - The State Department has requested that US Marines be sent to Taiwan to help safeguard America's de facto embassy there, two US officials told CNN, prompting China to urge the US to "exercise caution". The news network cited one of the officials as saying that while the request for a Marine security guard was received several weeks ago, it has not yet been formally approved and coordination about its deployment is ongoing between the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and the Marines. If the request is granted, it will be the first time in nearly 40 years that US Marines will be guarding a diplomatic post in Taiwan, CNN said. A spokesperson for the State Department would not say whether the request had been made, telling CNN, "We do not discuss specific security matters concerning the protection of our facility or personnel." When asked about the p...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-state...

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