China says USA 'creating tensions' after warship sails near Taiwan


China has said today it is paying close attention to a U.S. warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the first such voyage since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

By transiting the Taiwan Strait, the warship demonstrated "the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", 7th Fleet said in a statement, adding that the "United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows".

China claimed in December that its warships "expelled" the McCain from the strait during the Dec. 31 operation, prompting an unusual denial from the Navy.

According to South China Morning Post, foreign policy leaders and professionals in the United States support the use of American troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, but it is opposed by the majority of the U.S. public, a new survey has found.

USA warships periodically conduct navigation exercises in the strait, often triggering angry responses from China which claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory.

"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", he said. "Any trespassing would end up undermining China-US relations and the United States" own interests.

The aircraft carrier strike group headed by the USS Roosevelt recently sailed further south into the South China Sea.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said he agreed that China's actions in its western Xinjiang region should be designated as genocide.

Responding to a question, Price urged Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in a meaningful dialogue with Taiwan's democratically elected leadership.

The Biden administration has not fully articulated its strategy towards China, the world's second largest economy, but has indicated it will broadly continue the tough approach taken by former President Donald Trump.

Coinciding with the McCain's operation, China's military on Wednesday conducted two aerial incursions into Taiwan's air defense zone on Wednesday, the Taiwan defense ministry said. Yang, who was speaking at a virtual event hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations, is the highest-ranking official so far to comment on the bilateral relationship since Biden's inauguration almost two weeks ago. "'We will make sure that Taiwan has the ability to do that".

He said US alliances and partnerships were a "force multiplier across any range of challenges, and that includes in our relationship with Beijing".

A Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman said a few days later that Taiwan independence would mean war, reiterating a well-known Chinese position.

"We seriously warn those "Taiwan independence" forces that those who play with fire will set themselves on fire", he said.