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Two ships of the U.S. Navy held in the waters of the Taiwan Strait despite protests from Beijing. This reports the South China Morning Post Friday, January 25. China in response sent their fighters to the southern coast of Taiwan, said in Taipei.
The destroyer McCampbell and the ship fuel supply made a “regular passage” in the Strait in accordance with international law, said the representative of the US Pacific fleet Tim Gorman. According to him, this suggests that the United States adhere to the concept of free and open Indo-Pacific region. “The us Navy will fly, walk, and operate wherever it is allowed by international law,” he said.
In response, Beijing urged the US to adhere to the principle of “United and indivisible China,” reports Reuters.
According to the newspaper, this is the fourth time since the summer of 2018, when U.S. warships appear off the southern coast of China. After this happened in November, foreign Ministry spokesman China Geng Shuang expressed concern about the maneuvers. “We urge the United States carefully and correctly approach the issue of Taiwan, in order not to harm peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and Sino-U.S. relations,” he said.
Maneuvers also were held in October and July.
The Republic of China on Taiwan is actually a separate state, which China considers its province. Separation occurred in 1949 after the civil war. Since then, relations between China and Taiwan, which until 1971 was represented China in the UN, constantly tense. The third and last crisis in the Taiwan Strait occurred in 1995-1996 — when the us government sent to Taiwan two aircraft-carrier groups.
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