China Paper Denounces US Navy Ships' Taiwan Strait Passage

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"US Navy ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait, and have done so for many years", Brown said.

Two U.S. warships have passed through the Taiwan Strait, the first since July previous year, in a move likely to be seen in Beijing as a show of support for Taipei by Washington.

Despite the lack of diplomatic relations, the USA remains Taiwan's chief worldwide ally and American law requires the government to respond to threats to the island.

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Charlie Brown, Pacific Fleet spokesman, said sailing through the body of water separating China and Taiwan is routine for the U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy has continued to carry out freedom of navigation passages in global waters close to those islands that have the effect of countering China's territorial claims. Taiwan has shown no interest in being governed by the ruling Communist Party in Beijing.

Reuters first reported last month that the United States was considering sending a warship and had examined plans for an aircraft carrier passage, but ultimately did not pursue that option perhaps because of concerns about upsetting China.

US overtures towards Taiwan, from unveiling a new de facto embassy to passing the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages USA officials to visit, have further escalated tension between Beijing and Taipei.

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As a responsible player in the region, Taiwan will continue to deepen cooperation with the US and other like-minded countries to ensure regional peace and stability, it said.

US support for Taiwan is evident, as the Unites States continues to sell it military weapons even though it does not have diplomatic relations with the province.

In recent months, China's air force has held military maneuvers near the island, which Taipei has called intimidation.

On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ordered 34 airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China on their websites and in their promotional materials. "And Taiwan is surely a litmus test for (Chinese President) Xi Jinping's repeated exhortation to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity".

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