The USS Barry, a guided-missile destroyer, has begun a transit through the Taiwan Strait as tensions between the two countries escalate over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal. In response to the ship’s presence on Chinese territory, Beijing has imposed itself on the United States as the “destroyer of peace”.
In a statement, the military official said the United States was a “destroyer of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and a creator of security risks across the Taiwan Strait.”
However, the United States has denied any wrongdoing in the region.
In a statement, the US 7th Fleet website said, “Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) conducted a routine transit through the Taiwan Strait on September 17 (local Taiwan time). ) through international waters in accordance with international law. .
“The US military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits. “
Beijing’s comments follow amid reports that the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command has started naval and air patrols and other combat exercises in the airspace of southwest Taiwan.
On September 1, China also introduced the Maritime Traffic Safety Law which requires all foreign vessels entering Chinese waters to be licensed and notify maritime authorities of their entry.
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However, Taiwan vehemently opposes Chinese reunification and Beijing’s rule.
Taiwan has also been implicated in a recent $ 750million (£ 540million) arms sale with Washington in an attempt to contain what the United States sees as Chinese expansionism.