Another US warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, after the island re-elected its independence-leaning female president.
The warship was on a “routine mission” as it traversed the stretch of water that divides the self-ruling Taiwan from the Chinese mainland.
The waterway bristles with hardware on both sides and China views any sail-by as a breach of its sovereignty.
The US regime and other nations say the strait is international waters and Washington regularly carries out so-called “Freedom of Navigation” operations to press the point.
The sail-by comes after Tsai Ing-wen won a second term as president in weekend elections with an increased majority, cashing in on the Hong Kong rebellion against Beijing.
Beijing regards the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary – especially if the former entities declare independence.
The Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is the most important, most sensitive issue in China-US relations.
After Tsai’s re-election, China warned against any move to push the island closer towards formal independence. Beijing has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai came to power in 2016.
Asia Times / ABC Flash Point News 2020.