US guided missile destroyer sails in Taiwan Strait, China not pleased

The United States is deliberately “creating tensions” and disrupting peace and stability, China’s military said, after a U.S. warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the first such mission under the new Biden administration, reuters reports.

China, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by increased U.S. support for the island, including arms sales and sending warships through the Taiwan Strait, further souring Beijing-Washington relations.

The U.S. Navy said the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain had “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit February 4 in accordance with international law”. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry described it as a “normal” mission.

The Standard Channel

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