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Pentagon Blocks Request to send Marine Embassy Guards to Taiwan

Pentagon Blocks Request to send Marine Embassy Guards to Taiwan

Ministry of Defense officials have rejected a request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send about a dozen marines to guard a de facto embassy in Taiwan, Military.com has confirmed.

Military officials were planning to send a squadrele Marine Security Guard detachment to Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, as soon as next month, said a defense official. That plan has now been deleted after the request of the State Department was rejected by officials of the Pentagon, added the source.

The move was first reported by CNN on Thursday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had asked for the marines to be sent to the US institute in Taiwan earlier this summer. It would be the first time in almost four decades that Marines would have guarded a diplomatic post there.

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