In response to queries about the presence of the US Army Green Special Forces, also known as Green Berets, Taiwanese Defense Chief Chiu Kuo-cheng said: “No matter the situation, there may be blind spots or shortcomings. So we need to communicate with our allies – whether it is a team, a group or a country.

“We can learn from each other to see what strengths we have. This is a fixed thing.”

Former President Tsai Ing-wen had mentioned in 2021 occasional training sessions with US instructors in 2021, bu Chiu’s recent statement is the first official confirmation of the long-term nature of these activities.

According to reports from Taiwan’s United Daily News (UDN), US Army Green Berets from the 1st Special Forces Group are now permanently stationed at bases of the 101st Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, a Taiwanese army special operations force, located in outlying island counties of Penghu and Kinmen. Notably, Kinmen lies just over a mile from Chinese shores.

Additionally, reports suggest an American military presence in the northeast city of Taoyuan on Taiwan’s main island, with service members providing specialized training on drone equipment for Taiwan’s elite Airborne Special Service Company.


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Both the US Army and Chinese Foreign Ministry have yet to comment on these developments.

The presence of US troops in Taiwan marks a significant development in the region’s geopolitical landscape. The U.S. officially withdrew its military presence from Taiwan in 1979 following the normalization of U.S.-China relations.

However, under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the US remains committed to providing Taiwan with defensive weaponry and ensuring its security against coercion or aggression.

While Taiwan has refrained from commenting on specific reports, it has reiterated that all foreign military exchanges adhere to an annual plan.