Imagine if China was sailing warships through the straits of Florida for the explicit stated purpose of “showing force” and “showing solidarity with Cuba.”
What exactly would be the difference between that and what the US is doing to China, other than “America is good guys”? pic.twitter.com/NbZqgkp34M
— Andrew Anglin (@WorldWarWang) January 6, 2023
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Joe Brandon is attempting to provoke some kind of open conflict with the Chinese.
They just keep poking them, trying to get some kind of reaction.
A US warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Thursday, part of what the US military calls routine activity but which has riled China.
In recent years, US warships, and on occasion those from allied nations such as Britain and Canada, have sailed through the strait, drawing the ire of China, which claims Taiwan against the objections of its democratically elected government.
In a statement, the US military said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon carried out the transit.
“Chung-Hoon’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the statement added.
In a statement, Liu Pengyu, spokesman for China’s embassy in Washington, said China firmly opposed the move and urged the United States to “immediately stop provoking troubles, escalating tensions and undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
“US warships frequently flex muscles in the name of exercising freedom of navigation. This is not about keeping the region free and open,” the statement said.
“China will continue to stay on high alert and is ready to respond to all threats and provocations at any time, and will resolutely safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
A spokesman for the Eastern Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army said it organized troops to monitor and guard the ship’s transit, and “all movements were under control”.
China is staying very calm amidst this nonstop harassment.
美軍第七艦隊2023年第一次通過台灣海峽，USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Jan. 5 (local time) through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law. pic.twitter.com/TpnbZW9Y1M
— milkfish323🕉 (@milkfish323) January 5, 2023
USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Jan. 5 (local time) through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law. Read more: https://t.co/ZMjUT47Kv5 pic.twitter.com/F3g1fhN83Q
— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) January 5, 2023