China condemns latest US warship transit of Taiwan Strait

    China on Wednesday condemned the United States as the region’s biggest “danger maker” after a US warship re-sailed on the sensitive waterway separating Taiwan from China.

    “The passage of the ship through the straits of Taiwan demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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    The Eastern Command of the People’s Liberation Army reported that their forces monitored the ship throughout its passage and warned it.

    “The US side is deliberately playing the same old tricks and creating problems and disrupting things in the Taiwan Straits,” he said.

    This “fully demonstrates that the United States is the biggest regional security risk maker, and we strongly oppose it.”

    Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said the ship had sailed north through the strait and “the situation was normal.”

    The same ship crossed the strait a month ago, prompting China to accuse the United States of threatening peace and stability.

    The latest shipment comes about a week after Taiwan said 28 Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear bombers, had entered the Taiwan Air Withdrawal Recognition Zone (ADIZ), the largest intrusion reported to date.

    The incident followed a group of Seven leaders issuing a joint statement reprimanding China on a number of issues and stressing the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, which China described as “slanderous”.

    The US Navy conducts such operations in the Taiwan Straits approximately every month.

    The United States, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with democratic Taiwan, but is a major international supporter and major arms dealer.

    Military tensions between Taiwan and Beijing have risen in recent years, with Taipei complaining about China repeatedly sending its air force to Taiwan’s airspace.

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