INTERNATIONAL WATERS:Richardson said that the US Navy sees no limitation on what kind of warships transit the Taiwan Strait, despite China’s military modernization
Date: Jan 19, 2019
By: Reuters, TOKYO
The US Navy has not ruled out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait,
despite military technology advances by China that pose a greater threat to US warships than ever before, the chief of US naval operations said yesterday.
Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway three times last year as it makes more frequent transits of the strait that separates Taiwan from China, but it has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.
During that time, China has modernized its forces with missiles designed to strike enemy ships.
“We don’t really see any kind of limitation on whatever type of ship could pass through those waters,” Admiral John Richardson told reporters in Tokyo when asked if more advanced Chinese weapons posed too big a risk. [FULL STORY]