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US undermining regional stability by sailing warships through Taiwan Strait: China

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows the American guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur.

China’s military has slammed the United States for undermining regional “peace and stability,” after a US Navy warship once again sailed through the Taiwan Strait, which separates self-ruled Taiwan from mainland China.

In a statement on Thursday, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command denounced Washington for sailing the American guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

The statement condemned the US conduct as undermining regional “peace and stability,” while the Navy’s 7th Fleet claimed that it had carried out a “routine transit.”

Earlier, on February 4, the US Navy sailed the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) through the Taiwan Strait, the first such move since US President Joe Biden assumed office last month.

American warships periodically carry out voyages through the strait, drawing responses from China, which has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan. Under the “One China” policy, almost all world countries recognize that sovereignty.

The US, too, recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island, but in an attempted affront to China and in violation of its own official policy, America constantly sells weapons to the island, bypassing Beijing, and avidly supports its secessionist president Tsai Ing-wen, besides the military deployments to the Taiwan Strait.

Beijing, which has repeatedly warned the US against official ties with Taiwan, says the US contacts with Taiwan and the weapon sales to the island are a violation of China’s sovereignty.

China considers Taiwan a breakaway province that should be reunited with the mainland. Taiwan is also one of a number of sticking points in the US-China relationship.

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