Apr 08, 2021 09:59 UTC
  • Passage of US destroyer through Taiwan Strait endangers peace, stability: China

China has censured the passage of a US destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, warning that the move would endanger peace and stability in the strategic region.

Zhang Chunhui, a spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), announced in a statement on Thursday that China had tracked and monitored the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain during its passage through the waterway.

Zhang said the US move sent the “wrong signal” to Chinese Taipei’s government and “willfully disrupted the regional situation by endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

China firmly opposes the move and Chinese forces will respond with “strict precautions and vigilance,” he added.

The passage of the US destroyer through the Taiwan Strait follows China’s announcement Monday that its aircraft carrier Liaoning and five associated vessels were holding drills near Chinese Taipei.

China also sent Liaoning and the five escort ships through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa over the weekend in what was described as a signal of its growing ability to counter American and Japanese military power amid rising tensions with Washington.