US missile destroyer sails through Taiwan Strait despite Chinese protests

The South Korean destroyer ROKS Yul Gog Yi I (DDG 992), Se Jong Daewang class, and the Japanese destroyer JS Maya (DDG 179), class Atago, sail alongside the US destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113), class Arleigh Burke -class (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Oblander/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS/File) (US NAVY/)

The Army of The United States announced that a missile destroyer crossed the Taiwan Straitthe first movement of this type that occurs after the holding of presidential elections on the island on January 13.

The destroyer class Arleigh Burke USS John Finn sailed through a strait corridor “located beyond the territorial sea of ​​any coastal State,” according to a statement from the US Navy Seventh Fleet

“The transit of the John Finn through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to defending freedom of navigation as a principle for all nations. No member of the international community should be intimidated or coerced into giving up their rights and freedoms,” she notes.

Likewise, the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan issued a statement on Wednesday night to notify the presence of this destroyer in the Strait of Formosa.

“The Armed Forces of the Republic of China (official name of Taiwan) have monitored the situation and no anomaly has been detected in our environment,” the military ministry noted on its official X account – formerly Twitter -.

The USS John Finn is a guided missile destroyer (Jason Waite/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS/File)
The USS John Finn is a guided missile destroyer (Jason Waite/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS/File) (US NAVY/)

The passage of the USS John Finn through the Taiwan Strait marks the first movement of a US warship through the area since last January 13, when the island held presidential elections in which the official candidate, the vice president William Lai (Lai Ching-te)won with 40% of the votes.

The transit of the destroyer also coincides with the presence of US congressmen in Taipei Ami Bera and Mario Diaz-Balartleaders of the Taiwan caucus in their country’s Lower House.

China protests

The Beijing regime denounced that the passage of a US destroyer through the Taiwan Strait this Wednesday was a “provocation” that “damages peace and stability” in the region, and He assured that his military forces “watched” the ship and “responded” to its movements.

“The Arleigh Burke USS John Finn sailed through the waters of the Taiwan Strait on January 24 with the aim of creating a stir and seeking notoriety,” the military spokesman said today. Shi Yi in a statement published on the official account of the Chinese Army’s Eastern Theater of Operations on the Weibo social network.

A J-15 fighter of the Chinese Air Force takes off from the Shandong aircraft carrier during exercises in waters near Taiwan (Europa Press/Contact/An Ni/File)
A J-15 fighter of the Chinese Air Force takes off from the Shandong aircraft carrier during exercises in waters near Taiwan (Europa Press/Contact/An Ni/File) (Europa Press/Contact/An Ni/)

Shi claimed that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army organized troops to follow and warn the American ship, and that it acted “in accordance with the law and regulations.”

The spokesperson accused the US of carrying out “frequent provocative acts” that “maliciously undermine regional peace and stability.” Likewise, he assured that the forces of China’s Eastern Theater Command are “always on alert” and that they “will resolutely defend national sovereignty and security and regional peace and stability.”

The Taiwan question is one of the biggest sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly due to the fact that Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.

Beijing considers Taiwan a rebellious province since the nationalists of the Kuomintang They retreated there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communist Army.

Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Defense (REUTERS/Yew Lun Tian)
Wu Qian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense (REUTERS/Yew Lun Tian) (YEW LUN TIAN/)

For his part, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense of the Asian giant Wu Qian reported this Thursday that the Chinese armed forces recently organized routine joint patrols in the air and sea space around Taiwan.

The spokesperson stated that these military maneuvers are intended to “raise the level of realistic training of the troops and reinforce the ability to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.”

Wu stressed that the real situation in the Taiwan Strait is that “China’s sovereignty and territory have never been divided, and that the legal status and fact that Taiwan is part of China have never changed.”

With information from EFE

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