U.S. Special Forces to be Permanently Stationed in Taiwan

On February 29, it was reported by Taiwan News that a US special forces group would be permanently stationed in Taiwanese territory. Members of the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group would be stationed on the Kinmen and Pescadores Islands alongside members of the Taiwanese Army’s (TA) 101st Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion.

They will also work and train alongside the TA’s Airborne Special Service Company, specifically working on UAV operations.

The Kinmen Islands are 6.2 miles from the Chinese coast. The Pescadores Islands are off the western coast of Taiwan and are around 90 miles from the coast of China.

Initially, these special forces operators were deployed temporarily, until the decision was made to make the deployment permanent.

This comes as Taiwan and China’s relations continue to degrade, with tensions at an all-time high in the region.