The United States is significantly boosting the number of troops sent to Taiwan, more than quadrupling the existing number, to support the island’s military training program in the face of a mounting Chinese threat.
According to US sources, the US aims to send between 100 and 200 troops to the island in the next months, up from about 30 there a year ago. The larger force will enhance a training program that the Pentagon has been careful not to disclose as the United States attempts to give Taipei with the skills it needs to protect itself without offending China.
As tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, the situation in the Taiwan Strait has become increasingly unpredictable. The deployment of more soldiers to Taiwan is likely to increase tensions and might lead to a military confrontation.
The US, on the other hand, is committed to supporting Taiwan and providing it with the resources it needs to defend itself against any Chinese aggression.
Taiwan is considered a strategic partner and an important ally of the US in the Indo-Pacific region. The US has longstanding security agreements with Taiwan and considers its security a key priority in the region.
America is also increasing its military presence in the Philippines gaining access to four new sites and strengthening the Southeast Asian country’s status as a crucial strategic partner for Washington in the event of a confrontation with China over Taiwan.
The agreement, revealed on Thursday, authorizes Washington to deploy military equipment and construct buildings at nine places around the Philippines, marking the first time the US has had such a substantial military presence in the country in 30 years.