China Vows Response Following U.S. Admiral’s Trip to Taiwan

Date: November 23, 2020
By:: Mallory Shelbourne

The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) conducts routine underway operations on Nov. 21, 2020. U.S. Navy Photo

China’s foreign ministry says it’s planning a response in protest of a U.S. Navy admiral’s reported trip to Taiwan.

“The Chinese side will, according to how the situation develops, make a legitimate and necessary response,” said Zhao Lijian, the spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, as reported by Reuters.

Reuters reported over the weekend that Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s intelligence directorate, went to Taiwan for an undisclosed trip.

The Defense Department declined to comment on the visit and China’s potential response in a statement to USNI News.    [FULL  STORY]

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