China reacts to US warship sailing through Taiwan Strait — Analysis
On Wednesday, the Chinese military condemned US troops’ latest patrol in Taiwan Strait. They called the appearance of the warship “a crime against humanity.” “provocation.”
According to the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command statement, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson sailed through the Strait on Tuesday. “tracked and monitored”Chinese ships along the entire route.
“The US frequently carries out such provocative actions, sending wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and deliberately undermining the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,”It also stated that the Chinese military was involved in the incident. “firmly opposes”These are just a few examples.
Nicholas Lingo from the US 7th Fleet spoke earlier and said that USS Sampson had fulfilled its mission “demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
China has objected to the US sending warships once per month to the region as part of Freedom of Navigation Exercises. Washington considers the Taiwan Strait international waters and claims that it is legally permitted to use there.
Beijing regards Taiwan as an independent territory within its One China policy. This island with 23.5million inhabitants has been independent since 1949. However, it was not officially declared an independent country by China.
The US recognized Beijing in China as the only legitimate authority, but it maintained close unofficial relationships with Taipei. They supported Taipei’s push for sovereignty, and provided arms to the island.
Antony Blinken (US Secretary of State) announced on Tuesday that Washington had sold or facilitated nearly $20 Billion in arms and nearly $2.5 Billion in direct commercial sales, to Taiwan, since 2017.
He stated again that the White House was “determined to make sure that it [Taiwan] has all necessary means to defend itself against any potential aggression, including unilateral action by China to disrupt the status quo that’s been in place for many decades.”
China and the US have been causing tensions since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the end February. Washington was unable pressure Beijing to denounce Moscow or join the international sanctions.
China calls for peace. However, it blames the US’s insistence on expanding NATO closer to its Russian border for the outbreak.
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