The United States says the USS Curtis Wilbur, a missile fighter jet, was carrying out a routine transit through a sensitive water pipeline.
China has called the United States the “biggest risk taker” in the region after a U.S. warship re-sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a narrow waterway that separates mainland China from the self-governing island of Taiwan.
The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said on Tuesday that its USS Curtis Wilbur guided missile fighter, an Arley Burke-class missile, made “normal” transit through the Taiwan Strait.
The 7th Fleet said in a statement that “the passage of the ship through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates US commitment to the free, open Indo-Pacific.”
China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan, has said it has taken control of a ship with a sensitive water pipeline and issued a warning.
“The United States is deliberately playing the same old tricks, creating problems, disrupting the Taiwan Strait,” said the commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s Arjelyan Theater. This “fully demonstrates that the United States is the greatest risk taker for regional security; we strongly oppose it.”
The steps of the United States are taking place in the background escalating military tensions In Beijing, Taipei, the Taiwanese government has complained that China has repeatedly sent its air force to the island’s air defense zone.
Last week, Taiwan announced that 28 Chinese Air Force planes, including fighter jets and nuclear bombers, entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the largest raid ever recorded.
At the same time, the United States, Japan, and other Western powers have stepped up their support for Taiwan. The leaders of the seven groups issued a statement earlier this month condemning China’s human rights record, stressing the need for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Beijing said. was rejected as “slander”.
The US Navy has been transiting the Taiwan Strait every month or so.
USS Curtis Wilbur too moved the strait a month agoPrompting China to accuse Washington of endangering peace and stability in the region.
– US Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) June 22, 2021
In the Asia-Pacific, the US-Singapore Navy joined forces in Guam for “advanced naval training.”
The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement that the two-year exercise, dubbed “Pacific Griffin 2021”, began on June 21 and will continue until July 7.
The two-week exercise includes both land and sea events, such as naval special operations, naval counterterrorism exercises, air defense exercises, and anti-submarine warfare operations.