China on Tuesday protested the passage of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a deliberate transfer to undermine stability within the area.
The U.S. Navy stated in an announcement the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Tuesday “in accordance with international law.”
It stated the ship’s transit through the strait “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
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“The United States military flies, sails and operates anywhere international law allows,” stated the assertion posted on the web site of the seventh Fleet.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated U.S. warships have been “flexing muscle and stirring up trouble in the Taiwan Strait repeatedly in the name of freedom of navigation.”
“This is not a commitment to freedom and openness, but a deliberate attempt to disrupt and undermine regional peace and stability,” Zhao instructed reporters at a day by day news briefing.
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U.S. Navy ships routinely transit the Taiwan Strait, which lies in worldwide waters and is a principal conduit between the South China Sea and northern waters utilized by China, Japan, South Korea and others.
Beijing’s protest follows Taiwan’s introduction of upgraded F-16V fighter jets into its air power to assist counter the menace from the growing variety of incursions by Chinese warplanes into the airspace across the island.
China claims the self-ruling island of Taiwan as its personal territory to be annexed by power if mandatory. The U.S. has solely unofficial relations with Taiwan, however offers the island with defensive weapons and is legally certain to treat threats to the island as issues of “grave concern.”
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