US Warships Pass through Taiwan Strait amid China Tensions

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Two US guided-missile destroyers, the USS Mustin (DDG-89) and the USS Benfold (DDG-65), transited the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan's southern exclusive economic zone earlier yesterday on an apparent northeasterly course, the Ministry of National Defense said last night.

Military personnel remain vigilant and are at their stations, the ministry said, adding that it is confident of its capability to maintain regional stability and protect the nation.

"U.S. Navy ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years", Brown told The Japan Times.

Air India's recent decision to change Taiwan's designation to Chinese Taipei has nothing to do with the country's one China policy, a major Indian news outlet reported Saturday.

Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Charlie Brown called the passage of the ships "a routine transit".

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Chinese officials involved in dealing with cross-strait issues should be able to assess the current situation properly, adopt a thoughtful and discreet approach before making comments, and handle cross-strait affairs in a pragmatic manner, the MAC said.

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Liu said that Taiwan should refrain from abetting the U.S.in playing the Taiwan card because that would not be in the interests of people on both sides of the strait.

China's hostility toward Taiwan has grown since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the island's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

The objective is to draw a line to prevent China from damaging the regional "status quo", as Beijing attempts to challenge it, the source said.

It has lured away four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies since Tsai came to power, leaving only 18 countries in the world that recognise Taipei over Beijing.

U.S. Marines usually guard missions in countries with which Washington has formal diplomatic ties. Even so, China expressed "grave concern" over the passage.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis discussed the delicate issue of Taiwan during his trip to China last month.

USA support for Taiwan is evident, as the Unites States continues to sell it military weapons even though it does not have diplomatic relations with the province. "It has reached a point where there's rising calls within the US political and defense establishment to help Taiwan stave off this pressure". The Chinese military also recently conducted large-scale military exercises that analysts saw as a warning over growing ties between the United States and Taiwan.

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