In the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War, the communists consolidated control of the mainland while the nationalists regrouped in the isle of Taiwan. The communist party of China (CCP) would make a goal to reunify the Republic of China (ROC), which rules Taiwan, even by force, if necessary.

The United States is a valuable actor in both diplomacy and deterrence in keeping another major war from occurring, as China’s aggression is not only limited to Taiwan but also Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

To prepare for a potential invasion of Taiwan, America mustered the most extensive and powerful fleet, deployed to the Indo-Pacific. Part of the components of America’s Asian Pacific forces, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), will be the first line of defense and contingency if such an invasion of Taiwan occurs.