The Chinese army said – on Tuesday – that a US warship crossing the Taiwan Strait threatens regional stability, stressing that it will take all measures to preserve China’s sovereignty and confront what it described as provocations and threats, while Washington renewed the right of its army to “fly and sail anywhere permitted by international law.” “.
The Chinese response came shortly after the US Navy announced that the destroyer “Melius” – a class that carries guided missiles – made a “normal crossing through the Taiwan Strait” in the area of international waters, in accordance with international law.
“The ship’s passage demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and accessible approach to transit between the Indo-Pacific Oceans. The US military flies, sails, and operates wherever international law allows,” she added.
Last month, the Chinese military condemned the United States and Canada for sending warships across the Taiwan Strait, saying they threaten peace and stability in the region.
China says Taiwan is part of its territory, and the Chinese Air Force has carried out frequent missions in the island’s air defense identification zone over the past year, angering Taipei.
And the United States – like most countries – does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but it is an international supporter of the island’s authorities and a major exporter of arms to it. On the other hand, Beijing describes Taiwan’s status as the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with Washington.
US Navy ships transit the Taiwan Strait almost every month, which angers Beijing. US allies send ships from time to time through the strait, as Britain did last September.