Updated: Oct 18, 2021 17:55 IST
Beijing [China]Oct. 18 (ANI): China on Tuesday condemned the United States and Canada for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying the two countries’ action was a “show of violence and provocation” that could affect peace and stability of the region.
“China monitored the passage of USS Dewey and HMCS Winnipeg through the Taiwan Strait last Friday, and PLA Eastern Theater Command issued a statement. It was a display of violence and provocation by the US that disrupted peace and stability,” Zhao said. Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
The spokesperson emphasized that China is determined to defend national sovereignty and that the PLA remains very vigilant to counter threats, the Global Times reported. “The US must correct its mistakes and Canada must consider its own interests and the overall situation of China-Canada relations.”
The day before, the Chinese military had condemned both the United States and Canada.
The Taiwan Strait is a 180-kilometer wide strait that separates the island of Taiwan and continental Asia. It is one of the most heavily guarded stretches of water in the world, patrolled by both Chinese and Taiwanese naval and coast guard vessels.
The US Navy destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg pass through the Taiwan Strait on October 15.
In a statement, a spokesman for China’s PLA Eastern Theater Command said the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sent its naval and air forces to track and monitor the two warships throughout the course.
“Taiwan is part of China. PLA Eastern Theater Command troops remain on high alert at all times and stand ready to resolutely counter all threats and provocations,” emphasized Senior Colonel Shi Yi.
Tensions in the Taiwan Strait are rising. The focus on the strait comes after China stepped up political pressure and military threats against Taiwan, with near-daily raids on Taipei’s air defense identification zone. (ANI)