The Chinese military announced today (Wednesday) that it had monitored and warned a US warship that had crossed the sensitive Taiwan Strait; This was done shortly after the Chinese exercises near the island of Taiwan.
The US Navy's Seventh Fleet announced that a cruise ship equipped with the USSR Port-guided missile system crossed the Taiwan Strait through international waters "under international law" on Tuesday, the second such mission in two weeks. have been.
According to Reuters, the United States does this almost once a month, which angers China because Beijing sees it as a sign of support for Taiwan; An island that is democratically administered and Beijing considers it the territory of China.
The Eastern Command of the People's Liberation Army of China said in a statement that its forces had been monitoring and warning the ship at all times. The statement added: "The United States has repeatedly staged such demonstrations, causing trouble, sending the wrong signals to Taiwan's independence forces, and deliberately escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait." Our forces are always ready, resolutely confronting all threats and provocations, and defending China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The U.S. Navy also claimed that the warship passed through a corridor in the Strait that extends beyond the territorial sea of each coastal state. Taiwan's Ministry of Defense said the American ship was moving north through the strait and the situation on the waterway was normal.
The United States, like many countries, has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but its most important international backer and supplier of arms has become a constant source of tension between Beijing and Washington.