China Irate Over ‘Provocative’ Passage of US Navy, Coast Guard Ships in Taiwan Strait

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After a US guided missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait in late July, Beijing slammed the US and Taiwan – the island that Beijing views as its province – for engaging in provocative actions violating China’s sovereignty and undermining peace and stability in the region.

China’s defense ministry has issued a protest over the passage of a US Navy warship and Coast Guard cutter through the waters between China and the self-governing island of Taiwan. A statement posted on the ministry’s website Saturday denounced the move as provocative.

​According to Chinese authorities, the United States is demonstrating yet again that it is the “biggest threat to peace and stability in the 160-kilometer (100-mile) wide Taiwan Strait”.

The USS Kidd guided-missile destroyer and Coast Guard cutter Munro sailed through the strait on Friday in international waters.

In mid-August, the 418-foot (127-meter) long Munro, based in Alameda, California, arrived in the region for a monthslong deployment, according to the US Coast Guard. The US cutter participated in a joint exercise with a Japanese coast guard ship, the Aso, in the East China Sea from 24th to 25th August.

​Beijing, which recently conducted drills near Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, refuses to tolerate any interference in what it calls its internal affairs.

Taiwan, which split from China during a civil war that led to the Communist Party taking control of the…

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