14 Sep '18, 5pm

Pentagon Blocks Request to Send Marine Embassy Guards to Taiwan

Pentagon Blocks Request to Send Marine Embassy Guards to Taiwan

Defense Department officials have declined a State Department request to send about a dozen Marines to guard a de facto embassy in Taiwan, Military.com has confirmed. Military officials were planning to send a squad-sized Marine Security Guard detachment to Taipei City, Taiwan's capital, as soon as next month, a defense official said. That plan has since been scrapped after the State Department's request was denied by Pentagon officials, the source added. The move was first reported Thursday by CNN . The State Department had requested the Marines be sent to the American Institute in Taiwan earlier this summer. It would have marked the first time in nearly four decades that Marines would have guarded a diplomatic post there. There's no U.S. embassy in Taiwan. The U.S. recognizes the "one-China policy," preventing direct diplomatic or military exchanges between Washington an...

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