Nov 23, 2021 12:04 UTC
  •  China vows to 'counter threats and provocations' after US warship transits Taiwan Strait

China has accused the United States of “creating security risks” and “undermining regional stability” following the transit of an American warship in the Taiwan Strait.

A Chinese military spokesman in a statement on Tuesday said Beijing will take all necessary steps to counter threats and provocations, and safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Earlier in the day, the US Seventh Fleet, with headquarters in Japan, said the passage of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Milius through the Taiwan Strait was a routine transit.

The latest transit came days after US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping traded barbs over Taiwan, among other issues, during a rare virtual summit.

During the high-octane meeting, Xi cautioned Biden that encouraging Taiwanese independence would amount to "playing with fire," according to reports.

Tensions between China and the US over latter’s meddling in Chinese Taipei have escalated recently.

Taiwanese group penalized

Meanwhile, China has slapped fine on the mainland subsidiaries of a major Taiwanese industrial group over regulatory and legal violations, including environmental protection rules, Chinese media said Tuesday.

China’s Xinhua news agency announced that Taiwan’s Far Eastern Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Chinese Taipei, was fined more that $13 million.

The action against the group comes amid Beijing’s warning that it will crack down on the pro-independence camp in Taiwan while the self-ruled island grows closer to the US and European Union.

The Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokeswomen, Zhu Fenglian, said that Beijing "would never allow people who support Taiwan independence and damage cross-strait relations to make money on the mainland."

Zhu said that companies from the island have been told they need to draw a line between themselves and Taiwanese pro-independence factions.

"The vast number of Taiwanese companies need to tell the right from the wrong, stand firm on their position, while drawing the line against ‘Taiwan independence splittist forces’," she said in a statement Monday.