- China said the United States has deliberately taken this step to undermine stability in the region.
- The US ship USS Milius regularly passed through the Taiwan Straits on Tuesday.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the US warships were showing strength.
Beijing: The tension between the United States and China in recent months does not appear to be abating. The latest case is that of the Taiwan Strait, from where China turned red when an American ship passed by. China reportedly protested Tuesday the passage of a US Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a deliberate move to undermine stability in the region.
‘The US military can go anywhere’
At the same time, the US Navy said in a statement that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius was regularly passing through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in accordance with international law. He said the ship’s passage through the strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The statement posted on the Seventh Fleet website read: “US forces may pass anywhere permitted by international law.”
‘It is not a commitment to freedom and openness’
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that 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 said at the daily press conference. Let us tell you that China has already lodged a protest against the passage of American ships in this area.
American ships often pass through the Taiwan Strait
The ships of the United States Navy regularly pass through the Taiwan Strait, which is in international waters and its main stretch between the South China Sea and the North Waters is used by China, Japan, South Korea and others. countries. China has an ongoing dispute with many of its neighboring countries over ownership of the South China Sea.