US warship in Taiwan Strait, Beijing fumes

US warship in Taiwan Strait, Beijing fumes

Beijing, November 23

China on Tuesday protested the passage of a US Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a deliberate move to undermine stability in the region.

The US Navy said in a statement the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Tuesday “in accordance with international law.” It said the ship's transit through the strait “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific." “The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows,” said the statement posted on the website of the 7th Fleet.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said US warships have been “flexing muscle and stirring up trouble in the Taiwan Strait repeatedly in the name of freedom of navigation.” “This is not a commitment to freedom and openness, but a deliberate attempt to disrupt and undermine regional peace and stability," Zhao told reporters at a daily news briefing.

US Navy ships routinely transit the Taiwan Strait, which lies in international waters and is a main conduit between the South China Sea and northern waters used by China, Japan, South Korea and others.

Beijing's protest follows Taiwan's introduction of upgraded F-16V fighter jets into its air force to help counter the threat from the increasing number of incursions by Chinese warplanes into the airspace around the island. — AP

Tribune Shorts


Top Stories

Opposition leaders meet Naidu, seek suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members be revoked

Congress-led opposition walks out of both Houses of Parliament over suspension of 12 MPs

They walk out after Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu de...

Omicron scare: 1,000 travellers from African nations landed in Mumbai in last 15 days; 100 tested

Omicron scare: 1,000 travellers from African nations landed in Mumbai in last 15 days; 100 tested

Swab samples were collected of at least 100 travellers out o...

WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

The assessment from the UN health agency, contained in a tec...

Vinod Dua remains ‘extremely critical and fragile’, says daughter

Vinod Dua remains ‘extremely critical and fragile’, says daughter

Vinod Dua, who was hospitalised with Covid earlier this year...

Long live ‘debate-less’ parliamentary democracy: Chidambaram’s dig at govt

Long live ‘debate-less’ parliamentary democracy: Chidambaram’s dig at govt

Parliament on Monday passed the bill to repeal the three con...

Cities

View All