It was the first operation since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei earlier this month and sparked renewed tensions between the two countries. .
US warships navigated the Taiwan Strait, where Chinese forces conducted their biggest exercises for several days in August, and frequently crossed the Central Line that separates mainland China from Taiwan.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command (ETC) said Sunday that “the US guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville sailed through the Taiwan Strait on August 28, touting it.” Stated.
The ETC has safely tracked and monitored the navigation of the US warships along the entire route and controlled all movements of the two US warships, ETC spokesman Senior Colonel Shi Yi said in a statement.
Units in the PLA Eastern Theater Command are always on high alert and ready to thwart any provocation, he added.
An article in the state-run Global Times newspaper criticized the passing of US naval vessels over the island, saying the US was trying to appease Taiwan officials and regional allies, with Washington retreating under military pressure from China. I am telling you not. main land.
This is the first time a U.S. warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait since Pelosi’s visit.Area.
The United States has conducted similar naval and air expeditions to assert freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, refuting Beijing’s claims to much of the region.
The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaimed in the South China Sea.
Pelosi’s first visit by a senior US official in 25 years sparked a series of visits by US lawmakers to Taipei.
Senator Marsha Blackburn became the fourth lawmaker to visit Taiwan when she visited Taipei last week.
“I will not turn my back on the island to be bullied by communist China,” she told CNN.
“Taiwan is a strong partner for us in the Indo-Pacific region. Regular high-level visits to Taipei are a long-standing U.S. policy,” said Black, a Tennessee Republican and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Byrne said.
Blackburn met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and other senior officials during his three-day stay, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
After Pelosi’s visit, China held several days of large-scale military exercises, including missile launches over the island of Taiwan, sparking fears Beijing may be considering a military strike.
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