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Plan to post U.S. marines in new AIT office highlights ties: scholar

2018/04/22 21:01:39

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Taipei, April 22 (CNA) A plan by the United States to post marines at the new compound of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) shows the importance the U.S. attaches to its relations with Taiwan, a local expert said Sunday.

It can also be seen as leverage that the U.S. can use against China in the triangular relations between the three sides, Lin Ying-yu (林穎佑), an assistant professor at National Chung Cheng University's Institute of Strategic and International Affairs, told CNA.

Lin made the remarks when asked to comment on a column written by former AIT Director Stephen Young that appeared in the Chinese- language Liberty Times that day.

In the article, Yang said the decision that a "marine house" be built inside the AIT's new office compound in Taipei's Neihu District for its post of "Marine Corps Embassy Security Group" was made from the very beginning of the project.

The new office is scheduled to open in June.

(By Yu Kai-hsiang and Shih Hsiu-chuan)