Monday, 22 April, 2019

China whines after USA sails warships through Taiwan Strait

Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise Armed Forces Will Take Action: Beijing Warns of Taiwan Secession Attempts
Jeannette Daniel | 26 October, 2018, 16:52

US Pacific Fleet spokesman Commander Nate Christensen said the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam took part in the passage operation "in accordance with global law". While President Donald Trump has been a brash supporter of Taiwan, the island nation elected Tsai Ing-wen, a known campaigner for independence and democracy.

Yesterday, the U.S. Navy sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait.

"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", he added. Reuters was first to report USA consideration of the sensitive operation on Saturday.

Hua said Beijing urged Washington to "scrupulously abide by the one-China principle" and "carefully handle the Taiwan-related issues in an appropriate manner". "The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows", Logan said in an email response to CNA.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing that China had closely followed the warships' passage and monitored the entire process.

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China will never give up an inch of its territory, including the self-ruled island of Taiwan that it claims as its own, or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, the country's defense minister said on Thursday.

China also turned down a request for an October port call in Hong Kong by the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

The Pentagon says Washington has sold Taiwan more than $15bn in weaponry since 2010.

Li Haidong, a United States studies researcher at China Foreign Affairs University, said that such a move demonstrated that the U.S. is trying to pressure China into making concessions on other issues by making use of the Taiwan question, which damages the political basis of bilateral ties.

Wei Fenghe made the remarks at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in the wealthy city-state of Singapore. It marked the second time this year the USA navy has entered the Taiwan Strait, boosting hope on the island that it will jump to Taiwan's defense in the event of an attack. As the United States prepared for a fresh passage through the strait, it told China's military that its overall policy toward Taiwan was unchanged.

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