Feb 16, 2017 Legal Comments Off on Marines to guard AIT? Pres. Office ‘respects US arrangements’
The Presidential Office said Thursday that it respects the US arrangements for the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound in Taipei. That's after former AIT director Stephen Young said in Washington that US Marines would be assigned to protect the compound.
The AIT is the de facto American embassy in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. Marines guard US diplomatic missions in 148 countries around the world. This will be the first time that Marines might be stationed in Taiwan in this capacity, however. Young said this was symbolic of the ongoing US commitment to Taiwan.
Presidential spokesperson Alex Huang said Thursday that the Taiwan side respects the arrangements of the US side but did not offer further comment.
AIT spokesperson Sonia Urbom on Thursday said the AIT does not discuss specific security matters. She did say however that the new compound, in Taipei's Neihu district, is scheduled to be completed around the middle of the year.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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