- China said that the US has deliberately taken this step to undermine stability in the region.
- The US ship USS Milius regularly passed through the Strait of Taiwan on Tuesday.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said American warships were showing strength.
Beijing: The tension between the US and China for the past few months does not seem to be subsiding. The latest case is of the Taiwan Strait, from where China has turned red when a US ship passed by. According to reports, China on Tuesday protested the passing of a US Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a deliberate move to undermine stability in the region.
‘US military can pass through anywhere’
At the same time, the US Navy said in a statement that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius regularly passed through the Strait of Taiwan on Tuesday in accordance with international law. It said the ship’s passing through the strait demonstrates US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The statement posted on the Seventh Fleet’s website said, “US forces may pass through anywhere that international law permits.”
‘It is not a commitment to freedom and openness’
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said US warships were demonstrating power and repeatedly creating trouble in the Taiwan Strait under the pretext of freedom of navigation. “This is not a commitment to freedom and openness, but a deliberate attempt to disturb and undermine regional peace and stability,” Zhao told the daily press briefing. Let us tell you that China has already lodged a protest against the passing of American ships in this area.
American ships often pass through the Taiwan Strait
US Navy ships regularly pass through the Strait of Taiwan, which is in international waters and its main stretch between the South China Sea and Northern Waters is used by China, Japan, South Korea, and other countries. China has an ongoing dispute with many of its neighboring countries over the ownership of the South China Sea.
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