On May 11, 2022, it was reported that a U.S. warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on May 10, the second U.S. warship to cross the Taiwan Strait in two weeks. This came shortly after the Chinese Communist Party’s Liaoning aircraft carrier conducted military exercises near the Taiwan Strait.

The U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the USS Port Royal guided-missile cruiser “routinely” crosses the Taiwan Strait in international waters “in accordance with international law.

The ship passed through a corridor in the strait that is not within the territorial waters of any coastal state,” the Seventh Fleet said in a statement. USS Port Royal’s passage through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. military will fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the U.S. warships are sailing north through the strait and the shipping lanes are in “normal” condition.

In a statement, the Communist Party’s Eastern Theater Command said it has been monitoring the U.S. ship.

The Chinese Communist Party military released a statement on May 9 saying that from May 6 to 8, the eastern combat zone organized naval, air and standing guide forces to conduct live exercises in the sea and airspace east and southwest of Taiwan Island.

Japan’s Defense Ministry’s Unification Bureau of Staff Supervision said in a May 7 release that the Chinese Communist Navy Liaoning ship was in the Pacific Ocean about 170 kilometers south of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture on May 6, performing takeoffs and landings of shipboard warplanes and helicopters.

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China released the dynamics of the CCP aircraft on the evening of May 9. From May 3 to 9, the CCP continued to send military aircraft to disturb Taiwan, and on the 6th, 18 military aircraft were dispatched to infest Taiwan’s southwest Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The Taiwan Air Force dispatched air patrol troops to respond, broadcast repulsions, and air defense missiles to track and monitor.

Republic of China Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on May 9 that the Chinese Communist Party continues to threaten Taiwan and that “we are determined to defend peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

On April 26, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet crossed the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international law. On April 27, Beijing time, the Chinese Communist Party issued a statement expressing its displeasure.

From time to time, U.S. warships make a voyage through the Taiwan Strait, and the Chinese Communist Party has jumped to oppose it almost every time. The guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) passed through the Taiwan Strait on Feb. 28, which the Chinese Communist Party considers a U.S. guarantee of Taiwan’s security because the transit took place during the early stages of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: https://gnews.org/post/p2508880/
Edited/Translated by: Lish

Published by: Lish

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