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China Sea Tension: U.S. Navy Sails Warships through Taiwan Strait in Stark Warning to Beijing

July 28, 2019



the US military said on Wednesday had sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait which separates Taiwan from China a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the us-china relationship which include a trade war US sanctions in China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea where the United States also conducts freedom of navigation patrols China on Wednesday warned that it is ready for more if there was any move towards Taiwan's independence accusing the u.s. of undermining global stability in denouncing its arms sales to the self ruled island the warships sent to the 180 kilometers Taiwan Strait was identified as the Antietam according to the US Navy's 7th fleet USS Antietam a guided missile cruiser conducted a routine transit through the narrow waterway separating the Chinese mainland in Taiwan during July 24th to 25 the ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the u.s. commitment to a free and open Indo Pacific commander clay does a spokesman for the US Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement the US Navy will continue to fly sail and operate anywhere international law allows he added the voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-rule Taiwan as a sign of support from US president Trump's administration and a growing friction between Taipei and Beijing the US has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and is its main source of Arden's earlier this month the US announced possible sale of weapons to Taiwan worth 2.2 billion dollar drawing sharp reaction from Beijing which demanded Washington cancelled a deal China has been ramping up pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island which it considers a renegade province of one China and sacred Chinese territory on Wednesday Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Tian told a news briefing on a defense white paper that Beijing would make its greatest effort for peaceful reunification with Taiwan if there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country China's military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty unity and territorial integrity he said China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan on exercises in the past few years and work to isolated internationally whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies Beijing lodged a protest with Washington in May after a US destroyer and a supply ship sailed through the Strait China abused any ships passing through the Strait is essentially a breach of its sovereignty while the US and many other nations view the road as international waters open to all last month a Canadian frigate in a support vessel passed through Taiwan Strait in a recent string of such transits as they came from a visit to Vietnam's can red bay heading to Northeast Asia the ships were going to join a multinational effort to counter North Korea's evasion of UN Security Council sanctions by maritime smuggling in April maging said its Navy had warned off a French warship that had entered the Taiwan Strait earlier that month and lodged an official complaint with Paris well [Applause]

3 Comments

  • Reply C List July 28, 2019 at 11:40 am

    China cant even deal with non violent Hong Kong , do you really think China wants to fight US.

  • Reply Jeff Smith July 28, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Seems Hong Kong.does not like China much, doubt they will either.

  • Reply XAM B TAHKY July 28, 2019 at 11:40 am

    We need to put boots on the ground in Hong Kong to protect democracy.

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