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AIT says US military personnel posted in Taiwan since 2005 (2019/04/04)
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    AIT says US military personnel posted in Taiwan since 2005 (2019/04/04)

    The American Institute in Taiwan yesterday confirmed for the first time that U.S. military personnel are in fact posted at its Taipei office. AIT spokeswoman Amanda Monsour told the Central News Agency that active duty service members have been detailed to the AIT since 2005. This unprecedented admission comes shortly after Chinese warplanes’ foray across the median line of the Taiwan Strait. DPP lawmakers say the U.S. announcement is significant, marking a step forward in Taiwan-U.S. relations.

    In a new video, the AIT announced it was finally making the move to its new headquarters. It’s big news, but what grabbed headlines was the AIT’s first-ever admission that U.S. military personnel have been posted in Taiwan since 2005.

    Wang Ting-yu
    DPP lawmaker
    This voluntary disclosure represents an upgrade to Taiwan-U.S. relations. After PRC fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. is making it known that it has active duty personnel in Taiwan to protect the AIT and counter China.

    Ruling party lawmakers view the AIT’s announcement as a step toward normalizing Taiwan-U.S. relations. They say U.S. military presence at the AIT is a strong signal that the non-official body is a foreign embassy. It’s also an indirect nod to Taiwan’s status as a nation. In the past, AIT officials have been cautious when discussing the issue with media.

    Kin Moy
    Former AIT director
    …officials, when we respond to those questions, to say that these are very difficult matters to discuss in public. We don’t make political statements with our security.

    The AIT’s admission on U.S. military personnel was picked up in Chinese state media Global Times, which gave it the headline “Netizens Retort: Get Out.” As the cross-strait situation shifts with the AIT’s announcement, Beijing is making its stance clear.

    中文 Chinese  
    AIT五月搬家! 首證實2005年就有陸戰隊進駐

    美國在台協會新館落成快一年,終於要在5月6號,正式搬家,到底有沒有陸戰隊進駐?AIT首度證實,從2005年開始,就有現役軍人負責維安,未來也會比照辦理。這是AIT第一次,公開談論美軍在台的活動,執政黨立委解讀,是藉此對中國釋出挺台訊息。

    AIT終於要搬家了,還特別錄製影片,不過外界更關注的,還是新館到底有沒有陸戰隊進駐?AIT首度證實,從2005年開始,就有現役軍人負責維安。

    [[立委(民) 王定宇]]
    “這個主動揭露代表台美關係的升格。中共軍機超過海峽中線,美方也透過公布,在台灣有派駐現役軍人保護AIT來反擊中國。

    執政黨立委解讀,台美關係正邁向正常化,因為有陸戰隊進駐,就代表AIT這個"非官方組織",具有駐外使領館的象徵意義,也間接認同台灣的國家地位,所以過去不管媒體怎麼問,AIT總是謹慎回答。

    [[前AIT台北辦事處長 梅健華(2018.6.13)]]
    “美國對這個問題的官方回答,是不方便公開討論這個問題,不會用維安來彰顯政治立場。”

    對此,中國官媒《環球時報》報導AIT證實美軍2005起進駐,標題還引用「網友怒罵:滾」,表示立場,更凸顯台美中關係,出現微妙轉變。
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