05 Jul '18, 12am

State Department\'s Request to Send Marines to Taiwan Irks China

A Chinese official is warning the U.S. to "exercise caution" following a report that the State Department wants to send a small team of Marines to guard a diplomatic facility in Taiwan. The State Department requested that a Marine Security Guard detachment be dispatched to the American Institute in Taiwan, a de facto embassy in Taipei City, CNN reported Friday . The news prompted a swift response from a Chinese foreign ministry official, who reminded Americans of the "one-China policy" meant to prevent the U.S. from having direct diplomatic or military exchanges with Taiwan. "[Those] are the political preconditions for China-U.S. relations," Lu Kang, a ministry spokesman, said in a press conference Friday. "The U.S. ... knows it should exercise caution on this issue to avoid affecting overall bilateral ties." Maj. Brian Block, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon, deferred a...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/03/state-depa...

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