Two U.S. Navy vessels sail through Taiwan Strait

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Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:14 pm

Two U.S. Navy vessels crossed into the Taiwan Strait from the south and were continuing on a northeasterly course, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed late Saturday.


The ships were identified as Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, the MND said.

The last time a U.S. Navy ship transited the Taiwan Strait was in 2007, during the administration of George W. Bush.

The possibility of such a move had been mooted in statements by U.S. officials in early June.

The defense ministry also affirmed that the military is in full control of the situation.

In response, the Presidential Office issued a statement saying that Taiwan is fully committed to building peace in the region and across the strait, and that as a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will continue to maintain the status quo to ensure peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:53 am

Why is this being reported on here? Is it something to be worried about?

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Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:01 pm

Travis The Dragon wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:53 am
Why is this being reported on here? Is it something to be worried about?
Not worried, per se. But it will be considered provocative by the Chinese government.
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Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:43 pm

In a reaction to Friday morning’s meeting in Beijing between former Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平), the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on China to accept cross-strait reality and to respect Taiwanese public opinion.

An MAC spokesman said the government would maintain the current peaceful and stable situation of cross-strait relations and continue to protect Taiwan’s sovereignty, the United Daily News reported.

The situation was complex but both sides bore the responsibility to stabilize developments, the MAC said. China needed to reduce “negative actions” likely to harm bilateral relations and resolve disputes by communicating, according to the spokesman.

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