US and Canadian warships pass through the Taiwan Strait

The US destroyer Higgins and the Canadian frigate Vancouver passed through the Taiwan Strait as tensions in the region increased.

“The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver of the Canadian Navy made a routine voyage through the Taiwan Strait on September 20, passing through the area of ​​freedom of navigation. at sea and in the air are applied in accordance with international law,” the US Navy’s 7th Fleet announced on September 20.

The 7th Fleet said the trip demonstrates the commitment of the US and its allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific. “Such cooperation is central to our approach to the region’s security and prosperity,” the 7th Fleet said in a statement.

China has not commented on the transit of the Taiwan Strait by the US and Canadian warships. Earlier, China fiercely criticized the passage of the US warship through the Taiwan Strait, calling it “provocative and ostentatious”, “undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, as well as undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” as posing a security risk in the region”.

The destroyer USS Higgins transits the Taiwan Strait on September 20.  Photo: US Navy.

The destroyer USS Higgins transits the Taiwan Strait on September 20. Image: US Navy.

In recent years, US and sometimes allied warships such as the UK and Canada have regularly passed through the Taiwan Strait, angering China. Such operations usually take between eight and 12 hours and are closely monitored by the Chinese military.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. Tensions in the Taiwan Strait escalated after the visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Chinese military held an unprecedented scale exercise around the island of Taiwan in response to the event.

The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provides the island with modern weapons. China has warned that its relationship with the US “will be broken if it does not properly handle the Taiwan issue”.

Location of the Taiwan Strait.  Graphics: CSIS.

Location of the Taiwan Strait. Graphics: CSIS.

Nguyen Tien (Theo LIP)

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