China expresses disappointment after US warship sails through Taiwan Strait

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Published: October 15,2020 02:17 PM
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October 15, 2020: A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait in what the American military described as a "routine" passage Wednesday, but enraging China, which claims sovereignty over the island

October 15, 2020: A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait in what the American military described as a "routine" passage Wednesday, but enraging China, which claims sovereignty over the island and surrounding seas.



China said on Thursday the United States was seriously undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait after the US Navy destroyer sailed through the waters amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Taipei.



The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry passed through the Strait on October 14, according to a statement by the US Pacific Fleet.



"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the statement said.



"The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," it added.



In an angry riposte, the Chinese People's Liberation Army said it tracked the USS Barry by sea and air "throughout the entire process.



"We warn the US to stop its words and deeds that provoke trouble and disturb the situation in the Taiwan Strait," Eastern Theatre Command spokesman Colonel Zhang Chunhui said.



The island has been governed separately since the end of a civil war in China in 1949.



Taiwan has its own flag, currency and military, but it is not recognized as an independent nation by the UN.



Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a separate statement that the USS Barry sailed in a northerly direction through the strait and that its forces also monitored the warship, adding that the situation was as normal.



Washington ended its diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 in order to improve ties with China, but the US remains the island's most powerful ally and its main arms supplier.



Beijing views the passage of foreign vessels through the Strait as a violation of its sovereignty.



 


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