China condemns U.S., Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

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The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were a threat to peace and stability in the region.

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China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its territory, and has been repeating air force missions in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the past year, sparking anger in Taipei.

China sent about 150 planes to the region over a period of four days starting October 1 to further escalate tensions between Beijing and Taipei, which has sparked concern internationally.

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The US military said the Earl Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed Thursday and Friday through the narrow waterway that separates Taiwan from its vast neighbor China, as well as the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg.

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“The transit of Dewey and Winnipeg through the Taiwan Straits demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it said.

The Eastern Theater Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army said its forces monitored the ships and were “watchmen” along the way.

“The United States and Canada colluded to try and incite trouble … seriously endanger the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” it said.

“Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. Theater forces always maintain a high level of vigilance and relentlessly counter all threats and provocations.”

US Navy ships have been transiting the strait almost monthly due to anger from Beijing, which has accused Washington of fueling regional tensions. US allies sometimes also ship ships through the strait, including Britain last month.

While tensions in the Taiwan Strait have risen, there have been no shootings and Chinese aircraft have not been able to enter Taiwan’s airspace, concentrating their activity in the southwestern part of the ADIZ.

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Including Taiwan’s territorial airspace, the ADIZ covers a wider area that Taiwan monitors and patrols which serves to give it more time to respond to any threats.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Sunday that three Chinese aircraft – two J-16 fighter jets and one anti-submarine aircraft – took off again at the ADIZ.

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