As a US Navy warship passes across the Taiwan Strait, Joe Biden maintains his pressure on China.
After an American warship traveled through the waters for the sixth time under the Biden administration, the Chinese military has protested the presence of the latest US Navy destroyer in the Taiwan Strait.
At its narrowest point, the strait separating China and Taiwan is around 80 miles wide, whereas Taiwan’s outlying islands of Kinmen, or Quemoy, are little over 3 miles from the Chinese coast.
According to a statement provided by the US 7th Fleet, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur completed the Taiwan Strait transit on June 22. Following similar passes on February 24 and May 18, this was the ship’s third appearance in the seas this year.
“The ship’s passage through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said the 7th Fleet, which added: “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait displays the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The statement concluded, “The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”
On Wednesday, China’s People’s Liberation Army responded through its Eastern Theater Command, which is situated in coastal Nanjing. Zhang Chunhui, the group’s spokesman, objected to what he called the transit’s “public hype,” presumably alluding to the 7th Fleet’s publication of the event as part of the US Navy’s public diplomacy program.
“The US is up to its old trick of inciting problems in the Taiwan Strait, putting regional security at risk and compromising peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Zhang said in an online statement.
The United States, according to Zhang, is “the region’s top risk creator.” He said that PLA Navy and Air Force units in the vicinity “followed and observed” the US warship’s movement.
Since President Joe Biden took office in January, the US Navy has averaged one pass of the Taiwan Strait each month, with six similar operations this year. The USS John S. McCain and USS John Finn, both Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, also took part in the customary missions to telegraph US military presence in the vicinity.
If the trend continues, the US Navy might approach or even surpass last year’s record of 13 Taiwan Strait transits under previous President Donald Trump’s administration.
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