Pentagon turns down request to send US Marines to Taiwan

The Pentagon has rejected a State Department request to deploy a detachment of US Marines to Taiwan to help ...

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 6:06 PM

The Pentagon has rejected a State Department request to deploy a detachment of US Marines to Taiwan to help safeguard the de facto American embassy there, three US officials tell CNN.

The decision to deny the request was made by Secretary of Defense James Mattis last month, according to two of the officials.

Armed forces

Asia

Continents and regions

East Asia

Embassies and consulates

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Government departments and authorities

Government organizations - US

International relations

International relations and national security

Military

North America

State departments and diplomatic services

Taiwan

The Americas

United States

US Department of Defense

US Department of State

US federal departments and agencies

US federal government

US Marine Corps

White House

One defense official told CNN that prior to the request being rejected, military planners had anticipated the Marines arriving in Taiwan as early as next month.

Asked about the decision, a State Department official told CNN "we do not discuss specific security matters concerning the protection of our facilities or personnel."

US officials told CNN in June that the State Department had sought the deployment of a Marine Security Guard detachment to help bolster security at the new American Institute in Taiwan facility which will house some 450 staff and sits in the outskirts of Taiwan's capital, Taipei.

As part of its "One China Policy," Washington does not formally recognize self-governing Taiwan as an independent country, and therefore the US does not have an official embassy there.

However, the US maintains a de facto embassy in the form of the American Institute, which was established as part of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which governs America's relationship with the island since the US switched its recognition to Beijing.

While reports that Marines could be sent to Taiwan drew a warning from Beijing, a defense official told CNN that the request was rejected due to resource constraint issues and not to avoid irritating the communist government.

The official said that the State Department had not told the Pentagon in advance that the completion of the new facility would require a Marine Security Guard detachment, which contributed to the request's rejection.

The sessional security requirements are now likely to be fulfilled by contractors who are likely more expensive

Tensions between Beijing and the Trump administration have been recently heightened over a range of issues.

President Donald Trump recently accused China of pressuring North Korea to resist denuclearization efforts, and his administration has been involved in tense trade negotiations with Beijing.

Meanwhile the Trump administration has also signaled some increased support for Taiwan, recently recalling America's top diplomats from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama for consultations over those countries' recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 14372

Reported Deaths: 693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds92024
Lauderdale69957
Madison68721
Scott62310
Neshoba56534
Jones52519
Forrest51137
DeSoto4936
Leake39512
Rankin3736
Holmes37324
Jackson30013
Copiah2854
Attala27715
Monroe25324
Leflore25030
Lincoln25022
Newton2504
Harrison2457
Lamar2275
Yazoo2233
Pearl River20731
Pike20211
Adams19015
Lowndes1828
Noxubee1696
Washington1636
Warren1587
Oktibbeha15010
Bolivar14911
Wayne1480
Jasper1483
Covington1411
Clarke13517
Smith13311
Kemper13110
Chickasaw12812
Lafayette1254
Lee1175
Carroll11410
Coahoma1133
Marion1129
Winston1051
Clay1043
Lawrence991
Simpson930
Hancock8711
Yalobusha855
Wilkinson859
Itawamba857
Grenada823
Montgomery811
Sunflower783
Union785
Marshall763
Jefferson Davis752
Tippah7111
Tate691
Panola643
Claiborne642
Calhoun614
Webster591
Amite561
Humphreys537
Tunica523
Walthall510
Perry492
Prentiss413
Jefferson400
Choctaw352
Stone300
Pontotoc283
Franklin272
Tishomingo260
Quitman250
Tallahatchie251
George201
Benton140
Alcorn141
Greene111
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16310

Reported Deaths: 590
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2085112
Jefferson167397
Montgomery144634
Marshall6609
Tuscaloosa63212
Lee52632
Franklin4986
Shelby47019
Tallapoosa41063
Butler39113
Chambers34024
Madison3154
Elmore3007
Baldwin2829
Walker2821
DeKalb2403
Etowah24011
Dallas2323
Coffee2191
Lowndes21610
Morgan2111
Sumter2106
Autauga1923
Houston1854
Bullock1763
Pike1730
Colbert1612
Calhoun1523
Marengo1506
Choctaw1487
Russell1480
Lauderdale1452
Hale1416
Wilcox1327
Barbour1301
Clarke1282
Randolph1247
Marion11711
St. Clair1081
Pickens964
Dale960
Talladega963
Chilton931
Greene914
Cullman880
Limestone860
Winston770
Covington751
Jackson742
Bibb711
Henry702
Macon672
Crenshaw662
Washington656
Blount531
Escambia483
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Perry360
Conecuh351
Coosa341
Monroe342
Cherokee332
Clay272
Lamar210
Cleburne131
Fayette130
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 70°
Columbus
Few Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 74°
Oxford
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 66°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 70°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather