According to News i Agency’s International Group, the Chinese Army Eastern Command announced on Saturday that the Chinese Air Force and Navy had spotted the USS USS Mastin destroyer that crossed the Taiwan Strait today (December 19th).
China condemned the US move, which escalated tensions, not peace in the region.
Beijing has stressed that the passage of this American destroyer is a message to the parties seeking Taiwan’s independence.
A statement from China said, “The United States, fearing calm in the Straits of Taiwan, is deliberately escalating tensions in the region and sending messages to forces seeking Taiwan independence that it is serious.” “It threatens peace and stability in the Strait.”
Beijing has previously accused Washington of trying to use Taiwan as a tool for its geopolitical goals in the region.
The U.S. Navy, meanwhile, has claimed that the USS Mastin destroyer made its normal passage through the Strait, saying it was in accordance with international law.
The US Navy has not commented on whether China has allowed the US destroyer to cross the strait.
China considers Taiwan part of its territory, and the waters of the Strait of Hormuz, which separates the mainland from Taiwan, are part of China’s regional waters, and Beijing has repeatedly condemned the US Navy’s attempt to cross the strait.
This is the twelfth time in the past year that Washington has sent warships to the Taiwan Strait, despite ongoing Chinese protests.
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