US-China tensions seem to be increasing every day and show no signs of easing as both the countries are locked in a high stake battle for control of the South China Sea. The ties between the two nations are already strained after the US accused China of spreading COVID-19 infection.
A recent report has once again highlighted the fraught US-China ties after the militaries from Taiwan and the US confirmed that a US naval warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in a month, amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and China.
China has always asserted its complete sovereignty over Taiwan and has been enraged by Trump administration’s continued defence and unrelenting support for the island nation.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry described the US navy’s patrol as a routine mission without providing further details and added that the US warship traversed in a southerly direction and continued to sail south through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the tiny island nation from China.
US Seventh Fleet spokesman, Lieutenant Anthony Junco revealed that USS Barry, a guided-missile destroyer had conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” in accordance with international law adding that it demonstrates US’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and that US Navy will continue to operate in air, land and sea anywhere as per international laws.
Two weeks ago Chinese fighter jets took part in drills close to the island on the same day that the USS Barry also sailed through the strait. Taiwan said on Thursday that a Chinese aircraft carrier group had sailed to its south through the Bashi Channel that sits between Taiwan and the Philippines and was heading east and added that the carrier group earlier this month sailed down Taiwan’s east coast.