Communist China Outraged as U.S Sends Warship Through Taiwan Straight
The Communist Chinese government reacted angrily to the transit
The U.S. has sent its Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) through the Taiwan Strait in a routine operation on Tuesday.
The Communist Chinese government reacted angrily to the transit because it considers Taiwan its territory.
The U.S. 7th Fleet announced the USS Milius’ transit in press release:
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan 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.”
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Senior Col. Shi Yi said PLA naval and air forces deployed to conduct close-in tracking of the U.S. guided-missile destroyer.
“This action of the US side created security risks and undermined regional stability," Shi said.
“The troops of the PLA Eastern Theater Command will take all measures necessary to resolutely counter all threats and provocations and safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the spokesperson stressed in the statement.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also responded to the U.S. warship’s transit:
“The Chinese side was closely following and fully aware of the US military vessel’s passage through the Taiwan Strait,” Zhao said.
“The US warships have repeatedly flexed muscles, made provocations and stirred up trouble in the Taiwan Strait in the name of ‘freedom of navigation.’"
"This is by no means commitment to freedom and openness, but rather deliberate disruption and sabotage of regional peace and stability.
"The international community sees this plainly.”
“China is firmly resolved in upholding national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zhao added.
“The US side should immediately correct its mistakes, stop making provocations, challenge the bottom line and playing with fire, and play a more constructive role in regional peace and stability.”
The U.S. Navy regularly sails “freedom of navigation operations” in the international waters of the Taiwan Strait.
The Military Times reported:
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) sailed through the strait in June.
That transit also prompted Chinese criticism, with Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Snr. Col. Zhang Chunhui claiming “The U.S. played the old trick to provoke troubles in the Taiwan Strait, deliberately disrupted and undermined the regional security situation, and jeopardized the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Zhang said the transit proved that the U.S. “is the biggest troublemaker for the regional security. China is firmly opposed to that.”
China has increasingly alluded to reunifying with Taiwan and a Congressional report last week indicated China may already have the means to launch a successful invasion of the island.