China tails US warship in Taiwan Strait

The Str6aits Times
Date: Dec 19, 2020

This is the 12th sailing through the strait by the US Navy in 2020.PHOTO: US NAVY

SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (REUTERS) – China's military tailed a US warship as it passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Saturday (Dec 19), the Chinese military said, denouncing such missions as sending "flirtatious glances" to supporters of Taiwan independence.

China, which claims democratically-run Taiwan as its own territory, has been angered by stepped-up US support for the island, including arms sales and sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait, further souring Beijing-Washington relations.

The US Navy said the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin had conducted "a routine Taiwan Strait transit (on) Dec 19 in accordance with international law".

"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," it added.    [FULL  STORY]

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