Beijing has said it continues to monitor US military maneuvers near the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, warning that China is ready to respond to American threats and provocations.
Speaking on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters that Beijing had carefully followed the passing of a hostile US warship through the Taiwan Strait earlier that same day.
China will continue to maintain a high level of alert at all times, ready to respond to all threats and provocations at any time, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
It is hoped that the USA will play a constructive role for regional peace and stability, not the other way around, like it seems to appear now.
On Thursday, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain thundered through the Taiwan Strait, the US Navy’s first trip through the waterway in 2021.
Beijing has repeatedly urged Washington to abide by the ‘one-China’ principle and not take actions that would damage China-USA relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan maintains its independence from China and the new Biden administration has reiterated its “rock solid” commitment to the island’s defense. Beijing has also called on the US military to desist from conducting military maneuvers in and around the disputed waters off China.
Earlier, a US carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt and three warships entered the South China Sea, marking a continuation of moves made during the Trump administration. The US military said the move was to promote “freedom of the seas.”
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Military News 2021.