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Tensions Escalate as U.S. Warship Navigates Taiwan Strait, Drawing Ire from China

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In a recent move that further strained U.S.-China relations, the Chinese government accused the United States of “trouble and provocation” after the U.S. Navy sailed the USS John Finn through the sensitive Taiwan Strait. This marks the first such passage since Taiwan’s presidential election adding complexity to an already contentious geopolitical scenario.

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U.S. Navy Defends Action

The U.S. Navy defended its actions emphasizing the destroyer’s route was “beyond the territorial sea of any coastal state.” The 7th Fleet highlighted the commitment to upholding freedom of navigation asserting that international law permits U.S. military operations in these waters. The move reflects a broader stance on preserving rights and freedoms globally.

China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan, pledged to “organize relevant military operations” around the Taiwan Strait in response.

The longstanding “One China” policy recognized by most nations, comes into sharp focus amid the island’s recent election where President-elect William Lai campaigned for a more distant relationship with Beijing.

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In a related development China accused the Philippines of “violating sovereignty” by attempting to reinforce construction in the contested Spratly Islands alleging collusion with external powers. The South China Sea remains a hotspot for territorial disputes, escalating regional tensions.

China also refuted claims of providing weapons to the Middle East, responding to the Israeli military’s accusations of Chinese-made weaponry in the Gaza Strip. The denial adds a layer to the complex web of international relations as geopolitical flashpoints continue to draw global attention.

READ ALSO: Mike Pompeo And Leon Panetta To Testify At House Hearing On China’s Support For U.S. Adversaries

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