The passage of a U.S. warship via the Taiwan Strait is a “staged drama,” Beijing says.
The Chinese military made critical remarks on Wednesday after the United States sailed one of its warships via the Taiwan Strait at an exhibition of flag missions on Tuesday. Beijing says Washington had a habit “Stage Drama” On the self-governing island which China considers to be under its sovereignty. The United States supports Taiwan against China, although it maintains strategic ambiguity about its position.
The U.S. Navy has dispatched the USS Port Royal, the 7th Fleet’s Tikenderoga-class guided missile cruiser, to divert Taiwan from mainland China. The ship was in international waters while navigating the corridor on Tuesday on a mission intended for American display. “Promise of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” According to a statement.
The U.S. Navy launches such missions about once a month in its stalemate with Taiwan and China over the region in general. The previous sail, led by the USS Sampson, an Earl Burke-class destroyer, was reported in late April.
Beijing considers the island part of its territory and criticizes Washington’s move, which could be seen as supportive. “Separatism” In its population.
“The United States often staged such dramas and provoked problems, sending the wrong signal to the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces and deliberately escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait.” A Chinese military official commented on the mission.
Colonel Shi Yi, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command, said the Chinese military was monitoring the progress of American warships and was ready to deal with any threats or provocations.
Washington has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but has supported its government since China was captured by nationalist forces during the civil war. The United States has increased its informal and semi-formal support to Taipei over the past few years through arms supplies, trade agreements, and other measures. U.S. officials say they want to use force to deter Beijing from occupying the island, a motive that Beijing denies.
The U.S. warship crossed the line in less than a week after conducting a Chinese military exercise near Taiwan. The purpose of the stage rehearsal was between Friday and Sunday “Further tests and improve the combined combat capability of multiple services and weapons”The Eastern Theater Command reported earlier this week.
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