Amid tension with Beijing, US and Canadian warships cross the Taiwan Strait

Amid tension with Beijing, US and Canadian warships cross the Taiwan Strait
Amid tension with Beijing, US and Canadian warships cross the Taiwan Strait

Over recent years, US warships, and sometimes ships of allied countries such as Britain and Canada, have routinely sailed through the strait, infuriating China, which considers Taiwan a province, which the island government opposes..

The US Navy said in a statement that the US destroyer Arleigh Burke Higgins, armed with guided missiles, and the frigate Vancouver of the Royal Canadian Navy crossed the strait through a passage outside the territorial waters of any country..

“Such cooperation is the cornerstone of our approach to a safe and prosperous region,” he added“.

Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said her country, as a Pacific nation, was deeply committed to supporting stability in the Indo-Pacific region..

“Today’s routine transit of the Taiwan Strait demonstrates our commitment to freedom of movement and openness in the Indo-Pacific region,” she said in a statement“.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the two ships sailed north through the waterway and that its forces monitored the mission, but “the situation was normal.”“.

This is the second crossing of the strait in a month by a US Navy ship.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August angered China. China then conducted military exercises near the island, which are still ongoing but on a much smaller scale.


The article is in Arabic

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