Entire Marine Corps battalion deployed in Taipei for first time

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In a first, an entire Marine Corps battalion has been stationed in Taipei as a precaution against a possible Chinese invasion of the capital. The marines will stand alongside the Military Police’s 239th Battalion in Taipei’s Dazhi neighborhood as the two top teams responsible for counterattacks in the case of an invasion. The infantry battalion of the New Taipei-based 66th Marine Brigade has been stationed at the Political Warfare Cadres Academy in Fu Hsing Kang (復興崗), in Northern Taipei’s Beitou District, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said late Tuesday. There are currently marines stationed at military units in Taipei, but this is the first time an entire battalion has been assigned anywhere in the city. Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) inspected the unit on Tuesday afternoon to better understand the unit’s operation at its new site, especially of its logistics and conduct combat-readiness training. The decision to relocate the battalion came despite lawmakers and the Taipei City Government having asked the ministry to give up part of the vast Fu Hsing Kang College campus for municipal use.

The military rejected the proposal, saying the campus’ strategic location made it crucial to station more troops there.