Tensions with China look to be heating up. Reports indicate that President Trump stood up to China’s warning to not interfere with its feud with Taiwan by sailing a U.S. warship through the straight of Taiwan.
According to The Daily Wire:
On Wednesday, only hours after China warned the United States that it risked war with China if it interceded in any way between China and Taiwan, which China claims to be part of China, the United States sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait.
A spokesman for the U.S. Navy said the USS Antietam, a guided missile cruiser, made a “routine” transit of the strait “in accordance with international law.” He added that the journey, “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian had said: “If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying added, “The Taiwan question is the most sensitive and important issue between China and the U.S. We urge the U.S. to abide by the One China principle and the three joint communiques, to be prudent and act appropriately with regards to Taiwan so that it doesn’t harm China-U.S. relations and the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait’s region,” according to Reuters.
United States law requires that we provide the country of Taiwan with sufficient equipment and services for self-defense.
The United States recently approved a arms deal with Taiwan reported by the Daily Mail to be worth $2.2 billion.