U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait

Source: The Hill | October 17, 2021 | Joseph Choi

The U.S. military said on Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week amid high tensions between China and Taiwan. 

The U.S. military sent Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey through the waterway that separates China from the democratically governed island that it claims as part of its territory, Reuters reported.

The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway, with both ships sailing through on Thursday and Friday.

“Dewey’s and Winnipeg’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said the military.

Reuters noted that China condemned the passing of the two ships as a threat to “peace and stability.”

“The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble… seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” said China’s People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command. “Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Theatre forces always maintain a high level of alert and resolutely counter all threats and provocations.”

U.S. Navy ships been traveling through the Taiwan Strait about every month, Reuters noted. These crossings have angered Beijing, which has accused Washington of heightening tensions.

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