The Chinese military has increased its military displays around Taiwan in recent months.
More than 150 fighter jets and bombers went into Taiwan’s air-defense identification zone over the course of a few days in October. This shrewd display was regarded as an attempt to scare Taipei and Western nations that defend the island, which China views as a renegade province.
If China invaded Taiwan, Taipei would be up against a military that was technically and numerically dominant. Taiwan’s military, on the other hand, would have the edge over the invaders as the defensive force. The 101st Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, Taiwan’s counterpart of the US Navy SEALs, would be on the front lines of that battle.
Taiwan’s 101st was created after nationalist forces were ousted from the mainland in 1949, nicknamed the “Sea Dragons”, their main focus is on maritime and littoral operations, but they fall under the control of the country’s army.
As is the case with many of the world’s special operations units the 101st Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion was created with the help of American special operations forces, most likely the Underwater Demolition Teams and CIA of the time.