Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – China “raged” in the United States (US), Wednesday (20/7/2022). This is linked to a US warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday.
The ship is a type of destroyer USS Benfold. The official statement regarding Benfold’s presence in the Taiwan Strait was indeed announced by the US Navy, which referred to it as “international waters”.
China’s armed forces, the Eastern Theater Command, condemned the US decision as a provocation. The Navy and Air Force were ordered to monitor American movements.
“The provocation (…) fully shows that the United States is a destroyer of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and a risk-maker,” said spokesman Col. Shi Yi. AFP.
“The troops are on high alert to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s defense ministry said it was monitoring the trajectory of the US destroyer. Currently, the agency added, the situation is normal.
China claims that Taiwan is one of its provinces. However, Taipei refused and called it an independent country.
This maintains the tension. The United States is a supporter of Taiwan.
The presence of Western warships in the Taiwan Strait is actually not the first. British, Canadian, French and Australian warships also passed through this area of water in recent years and has also sparked protests from Beijing.
Previously, the USS Benfold had timed its trip to coincide with former US defense chief Mark Esper’s visit to Taiwan. He mentioned Taiwan as a good friend to be supported and maintained during the meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen.
“The time has come for Washington to emerge from the strategic ambiguity over whether to intervene militarily on behalf of Taiwan,” he added, underscoring the US policy of doing everything possible to prevent a Chinese attack. on the island.
China and the United States are the two main economic powers in the world. In addition to the Taiwan issue, the two still disagree on a number of issues, including trade.
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