Taipei, The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) reiterated Thursday that the security arrangements at its new office compound in Taipei's Neihu District will remain the same as at the current site.
"As is the practice at AIT's current location, a small number of American personnel detailed to AIT, along with a larger number of locally hired employees, will provide security for the new office building, in cooperation with local authorities," AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour told CNA.
The AIT official's comments came after the South China Morning Post's reported earlier in the day that the U.S. has confirmed it will send American security personnel to its de facto embassy in Taiwan when its new premises become operational in September.
If U.S. Marines are sent to guard the new AIT facility, it will their first such assignment in Taiwan in nearly 40 years, the report said.
Former AIT Director Kin Moy, who left Taiwan last month, repeatedly told the local media before his departure that there was already a small number of U.S. personnel at the current AIT office on Xinyi Road who were coordinating with Taiwanese security staff and that the situation would continue in Neihu.
"We don't make political statements with our security," he said. "What we do is we bring a sufficient number of people to coordinate with local staff to ensure that the people inside our buildings are very safe."
The AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, is currently located in Taipei's Xinyi District and is expected to officially move to its new facility in Neihu this fall.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel