U.S. military sails through Taiwan Strait after Chinese protest

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/08/23
By: Matt Yu and Emerson Lim

Image taken from Wikimedia Commons

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) A United States military ship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, two days after Beijing warned Washington on a possible sale of advanced F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

A U.S. landing platform dock sailed northbound through the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement, but it did not identify the name of the ship.

MND spokesman Shih Shun-wen (史順文) said the ministry is closely monitoring air and sea movements around Taiwan and announcements will be made if there are any new developments.

The move came after Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang (耿爽) warned Washington on Wednesday to stop selling weapons to Taiwan or "bear all the consequences," a day after the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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