Taiwan says two US warships pass through Taiwan Strait

Cheryl Sanders
July 9, 2018

Word of the transit was first made public by a statement from Taiwan's Defense Ministry.

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be conquered by force if necessary, has criticized recent USA moves to strengthen relations with the administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

Air India's recent decision to change Taiwan's designation to Chinese Taipei has nothing to do with the country's one China policy, a major Indian news outlet reported Saturday.

"Two U.S. Navy ships conducted a routine transit through the global waters of the Taiwan Strait on July 7-8 (local time)", Captain Charlie Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told Reuters in a statement.

Liu said that the people of Taiwan should be able to see through the USA and its intentions and that its behavior has damaged the interests of the people of Taiwan and those of the entire Chinese people, as well as hurting China's interests.

The Chinese government had no immediately comment.

The U.S. continues to sell military weapons to the island nation even though it does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Against the backdrop of tense cross-strait relations and U.S. -Sino relations strained by trade issues, the U.S. Navy sailed two of its Arleigh-Burke guided missile destroyers through the strait over the weekend, which it said was a routine voyage that has been carried out for many years.

MOFA also urged other countries to resist such intervention by China, which it said is aimed at disrupting the independent operations of foreign companies to achieve its political objectives.

The increasing engagement with Taiwan comes amid rising tensions between China and US over the Trump administration's trade policies and accusations that China is unfairly benefiting from existing trading practices.

Relations between the U.S. and Taiwan have warmed recently as President Donald Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top officials and the USA government approved a licence required to sell submarine technology to Taiwan. "It has reached a point where there's rising calls within the USA political and defense establishment to help Taiwan stave off this pressure". "And Taiwan is surely a litmus test for (Chinese President) Xi Jinping's repeated exhortation to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity".

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