China has protested the passage of a US missile-carrying warship through the Taiwan Strait, where military tensions have arisen over the sovereignty struggle with Taiwan.
In his statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Cao Lisin defended the US ships flexing their power under the pretext of freedom of navigation and trying to stir up tension in the region.
“This is not a commitment to the principle of freedom and openness, but a conscious attempt to destabilize regional peace and stability,” said spokesman Cao.
It was reported that the USS Milius warship carrying the American guided-missile passed through the Taiwan Strait yesterday.
In the statement made by the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet in the Pacific, “The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius.
An Arleigh Burke was a routine cruise operation in international waters in the Taiwan Strait on November 23 in accordance with international law.”
The statement stressed that the ship’s passage through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the principle of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
“The US armed forces will continue to fly, sail and operate where international law allows,” the statement said.
China, which regards Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait as its sovereignty, opposes the US military presence in the region.
The US Navy’s navigation and reconnaissance activities in the region cause tensions between the two countries.