The United States has sent a fresh message to China on the Taiwan issue. A U.S. warship crossed the Taiwan Strait separating China and Taiwan on Tuesday. The shipwreck occurred for the first time since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on November 15. News AFP.
However, the Seventh Fleet of the United States said in a press release that the Arleg Berg missile destroyer had crossed the Taiwan Strait as part of normal navigation or routine transit. The statement added that the United States is committed to keeping the Indo-Pacific region independent and free. And this sea voyage has been termed as the eleventh exercise of the current year.
At a virtual meeting between Biden and Sir on November 15, Beijing sent a strong message to Washington about the future of Taiwan. At the time, Chinese state media reported that the United States had warned Taiwan about inciting independence. Even Biden was told not to play with fire.
U.S. warships occasionally conduct exercises in the Taiwan style. Beijing has also sent a strong message to the United States. Beijing claims Taiwan and its surrounding waters as its territory.
Many other countries, including the United States, consider this waterway to be an international open sea. The United States and its allies have recently stepped up their efforts in the wake of China’s escalating military aggression against Taiwan and China’s crackdown on the disputed South China Sea. China has protested in recent years that warships from the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Australia have been using the Taiwan route.
Colin Koho, a research fellow at the Raja Ratna School of International Studies in Singapore, keeps track of US-announced transit vessels in the Taiwan system. According to him, 9 ships of the United States have sailed this route in 2019. In 2020, this number increased to 15. So far this year, the number has risen to 11.
Amid growing tensions between Taipei and Beijing, Taiwan received a state-of-the-art version of the F-16 fighter jet from Washington. On Thursday, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen praised the military cooperation received from Washington. Reuters News.
Frequent Chinese and US military exercises in the region have raised fears of a major conflict surrounding Taiwan. Taiwan considers itself an independent-sovereign state. On the other hand, China considers Taiwan as its territory. So Beijing wants to take control of Taiwan. Taiwan has been blaming Beijing for the ongoing tensions. On the other hand, China is blaming the United States for escalating tensions with Taiwan.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of a state-of-the-art F-16 fighter jet from the United States at an airport south of the city of Chiai in Taiwan, Sai said the project showed strong commitment to the partnership between Taiwan and the United States.
Top US diplomat in Taiwan Sandra Woodcreek was present on the occasion.
“I believe that as long as we adhere to democracy and independence, many like-minded countries will stand with us,” he said. ‘
The United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, the United States is Taiwan’s main international supporter and arms supplier. That’s why Beijing is upset.
Lockheed Martin in the United States and Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation in Taiwan have signed agreements worth ৩ 398 million as part of strengthening Taiwan’s defenses. Taipei cites this as the latest example of military cooperation between the two countries.
Taiwan’s air force is well-trained, but insignificant to China. In 2019, the United States approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan for 6 billion. Taiwan already has more than 200 jets, the largest in South Asia.
China has banned Lockheed Martin from selling arms to Taiwan.
Earlier, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen spoke of military cooperation between the United States and Taiwan. He had earlier said that some US troops were stationed in Taiwan. They are training Taiwanese troops. If China tries to invade its country, the United States will come forward to defend its country. She has this confidence.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden also vowed to side with Taiwan. He says if China invades Taiwan, the United States will take its side to protect Taiwan.
However, during a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that promoting Taiwan’s independence was like “playing with fire”. He warned that the United States would not allow such a thing to happen in Taiwan.