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US Army Special Forces stationed on islands near Taiwan

US Army Special Forces stationed on islands near Taiwan Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

On remote islands near Taiwan, the presence of American special forces has been confirmed, according to Focus Taiwan.

Taiwan's Minister of Defense, Chiu Kuo-cheng, confirmed that US Army Special Forces are stationed on remote islands near Taiwan. He said their presence was part of an exchange and was meant to be a "learning opportunity" for Taiwan's armed forces.

The Defense Minister made these remarks after journalists in the corridors of a legislative hearing asked him to comment on recent media reports that US Army Special Forces, widely known as the "Green Berets," were training Taiwanese troops in Kinmen and Penghu.

Chiu said that the US presence aims to help Taiwan's armed forces identify any weaknesses or blind spots and allow them to participate in exchanges with friendly teams or countries.

According to the report, these deployments were made in accordance with the US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.

Earlier, we reported that China had stepped up military activities against Taiwan in the gray zone, saturating areas around the island with air balloons, drones, and civilian vessels.

In this way, Beijing is seeking to wear down the opponent ahead of a potential open war.