A U.S. warship crossed the Taiwan Strait today on its first mission under President Joe Biden’s administration. The destroyer USS John S.
McCain conducted a routine transit, as part of the “freedom of navigation” program, cutting through the sea strip separating China and Taiwan, a U.S. Seventh Fleet memo reported.
Beijing views all ships crossing the strait as a violation of its sovereignty, while the United States and many other nations see the route as being carried out in international waters, open to all. The voyage of the USS John S.
McCain “demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” The U.S. military will continue “to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirmed the routing of the U.S. Navy unit, which occurred after two U.S. reconnaissance planes and a U.S. jet tanker flew near Taiwan’s airspace on Monday, according to the ministry.
China has intensified military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen because it is opposed to recognizing Beijing’s position that the island is part of a “One China.” In 2020 alone, Chinese military jets made 380 incursions into the island’s defense zone, which it views as a rebel province, destined for reunification even with the use of force if necessary.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV