Lexington COO Loren Thompson was quoted in an Army Times article arguing that if the U.S. Army is serious about deterring aggression from China in the Pacific, it needs to consider stationing a permanent Armored Brigade Combat Team in Taiwan. The only thing preventing the United States from openly making such a move is the intentional ambiguity in its strategy toward Taiwan, which neither commits nor refuses to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China. In short, the United States could defend Taiwan, but it is not locked into the obligation to do so.
“Such a force would make China know it would confront U.S. troops on the first day of any planned invasion of the island or push eastward into the Pacific,” said Thompson. He spoke on this topic during a panel at the Association of the U.S. Army. “There is no substitute for being there on the first day of conflict,” Thompson said.
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