China says latest US navy sailing near Taiwan ‘extremely dangerous’

The Straits Times
Date: August 19, 2020

BEIJING • China's military yesterday said the latest US navy sailing near Taiwan was "extremely dangerous" and stirring up such trouble was in neither country's interests.

The US guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, the US navy said, in what have become relatively routine trips in recent months, though they always anger China.

The Eastern Theatre Command of China's People's Liberation Army said its air and naval forces followed and monitored the US ship throughout its voyage.

"Any words or deeds that … cause trouble in the Taiwan Strait are not in line with the fundamental interests of China and the United States, harm the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the strait, pose real threats to peace and stability in the region and are extremely dangerous," it said.

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