A warship from China came within 137 meters of a destroyer from the US while in the Taiwan Strait in an unsafe way, relevant military officials of the US mentioned, as China put the blame on the US for provoking risks in that region.
U.S. and Canadian navies on Saturday were carrying out a joint exercise in the strait that separates the islands of China and Taiwan when the Chinese vessel cut in front of the US guided-missile destroyer dubbed the Chung-Hoon compelling it to slow down to prevent a possible collision, the US Indo-Pacific Command mentioned in a statement.
Video Credits: Guardian News / YouTube
The People’s Republic of China (better known as PRC) has claimed that self-ruled Taiwan belongs to its territory since the unfortunate, defeated government of the Republic of China fled to the island back in 1949 after losing a civil war to the communists of Mao Zedong. The Taiwanese government says that the PRC has never ruled the island and Joe Biden (the US President) has said that the US would be defending Taiwan in case of a Chinese invasion.
China’s military rebuked the US and Canada for provoking risks deliberately after the countries’ navies staged an uncommon joint sailing via the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
The US Indo-Pacific Command mentioned that Canada’s Montreal and Chung-Hoon were carrying out a “routine” transit of the strait when the Chinese vessel cut in front of the American vessel.
The closest point of approach of the Chinese vessel was about 150 yards and its activities violated the maritime “Rules of the Road” of a safe passage within the international waters, the US command mentioned.
Video footage broadcast by a Canadian website named Global News reflected a close encounter between the vessels.
China’s embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comments.
The maritime encounter was the latest close call between the Chinese and U.S. military. On 26 May, a China-based fighter jet initiated an “unnecessarily aggressive” maneuver close to a U.S. military plane over the South China Sea within the international airspace, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command reported on Tuesday.
The spokesperson associated with China’s embassy based in Washington, Liu Pengyu, refused to comment on the specifics of the jet incident but said that the US had deployed vessels and aircraft frequently for close-in reconnaissance on China that poses a danger to the national security of China.
Jake Sullivan, the White House’s national security adviser, mentioned in an interview that aired on Sunday on CNN that the US is seeking to maintain the stable and cross-strait dynamic between Taiwan and China and prevent a conflict that would crater the entire global economy.
The interview for “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN was covered on Friday.
On Sunday, Li Shangfu, China’s Defense Minister, told Asia’s top security summit that the conflict with the US would be a terrible disaster but that the nation sought dialogue over the confrontation.
References: Yahoo! News, ABC News, KFGO, The Print
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