China criticizes US and Canada for sending warships to the Taiwan Strait

China criticizes US and Canada for sending warships to the Taiwan Strait

The Chinese military condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship to the Taiwan Strait last week, saying North American nations threatened peace and stability in the region.
The Eastern Theater Command of the China People’s Liberation Army said its forces were watching the ships and “standing guard” as they passed.

“The United States and Canada have come together to provoke and stir up unrest… seriously compromising the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

“Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. The theater forces always maintain a high level of alert and resolutely counter all threats and provocations.

China claims to have ruled Taiwan democratically and has organized repeated Air Force missions to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the past year, causing anger in Taipei. .

China sent around 150 planes to the area over a four-day period from October 1 in a further escalation of tensions between Beijing and Taipei that raised concerns internationally.

“Demonstrates commitment”

The U.S. military said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey crossed the narrow waterway separating Taiwan from its giant neighbor China with the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday.

“The transit of Dewey and Winnipeg across the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he added.

US Navy ships pass through the strait every month, to the chagrin of Beijing, which accuses Washington of fueling regional tensions. US allies also occasionally send ships across the Strait, including Britain last month.

As tensions across the Taiwan Strait increased, there was no shooting and Chinese planes did not enter Taiwanese airspace, concentrating their activity in the southwestern part of ADIZ. .

While including Taiwanese territorial airspace, ADIZ encompasses a larger area that Taiwan monitors and patrols which acts to give it more time to respond to any threat.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that three Chinese planes – two J-16 fighters and an anti-submarine plane – had once again overflown the ADIZ.


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