China warns US warship as it transited Taiwan Strait

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NC Monitoring Desk

BEIJING: China’s military said that it had monitored and warned a US warship that had sailed through sensitive Taiwan Strait, a mission that happened shortly after China carried out drills near island.

US Navy’s 7th Fleet said guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal conducted a “routine” Taiwan Strait transit through international waters “in accordance with international law”, second such mission in two weeks.

United States has been carrying out such voyages about once a month, angering China, which views them as a sign of support for Taiwan, democratically governed island that Beijing views as Chinese territory.

People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said in a statement that its forces had monitored ship throughout and “warned” it.

“United States frequently stages such dramas and provokes trouble, sending wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces and deliberately intensifying tensions across Taiwan Strait,” it added.

“Theatre troops maintain high alert at all times, resolutely counteract US US Navy said ship “transited through a corridor in Strait that is beyond territorial sea of any coastal State”.

“Port Royal’s transit through Taiwan Strait demonstrates United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said US ship sailed north through strait and that situation in waterway was “as normal”.