A U.S. warship sailed through the strait between Taiwan and mainland China on Tuesday, the Navy said, the first such maneuver since a virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping the previous week.
The route through the Taiwan Strait Destroyer USS Milius, Equipped with Arleigh Burke-type guided missiles, is a routine maneuver, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
Travel, so far this year will be called the 11th in this style Freedom of navigation exercises, “Demonstrates a free and open Indo-Pacific America commitmentThe report says.
Maneuvering occurs One week after the virtual summit between President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, In which the two leaders exchanged warnings about the situation in Taiwan.
The island is democratically governed and claimed by Beijing Focus on key tensions between the two major world powers.
U.S. warships frequently cross the strait between Taiwan and mainland China, provoking the wrath of communist officials who consider the island and surrounding waters to be part of their territory.
Instead, the United States and its allies see that route as an international sea open to any route.
As Beijing intensifies its military threats to Taiwan and strengthens its grip on the disputed South China Sea, a growing number of US allies are crossing the line.. British, Canadian, French and Australian warships have crossed the Taiwan Strait in recent years, sparking protests from Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian condemned the recent transport as “a deliberate attempt to disrupt and undermine regional peace and stability.” He also warned: “The United States must immediately correct its mistake, stop causing problems and play with fire across the border.”
Colin Coe, a researcher at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, maintains a database of US-reported traffic across the Taiwan Strait.
Nine in 2019, followed by 15 in 2020. 11 so far this year, including the USS Millions crossing.
(With information from AFP)