torsdag 31. desember 2020

China-US tension: as American warships sail through Taiwan Strait, Beijing denounces ‘provocation’

Two United States warships sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday drawing protest from Beijing, the second such mission this month, coming almost two weeks after a Chinese aircraft carrier group used the same waterway.

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by increased US support for the self-ruled island, including arms sales and sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait, further souring Beijing-Washington relations. The US Navy said the guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur had “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit December 31 in accordance with international law”. 

“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”