Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

China Paper Denounces US Navy Ships' Taiwan Strait Passage

China Paper Denounces US Navy Ships' Taiwan Strait Passage

An Indian official source on July 7 told Indian media that the name change made by Air India about Taiwan did not relate to the "One China" policy and that it was in alignment with worldwide practices, reported the Times of India.

Two U.S. Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait Saturday, a move that comes amid increasing tension between the Trump administration and China over trade.

Earlier on Saturday, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said the ships were moving in a northeastern direction, adding that the situation was in accordance with regulations.

Despite the lack of diplomatic relations, the USA remains Taiwan's chief worldwide ally and American law requires the government to respond to threats to the island.

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The "sending political signals by sending warships through the Taiwan Strait", read the editorial, headlined as "U.S. psychological game in Taiwan Strait". China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States.

The US downplayed the symbolic value of the passage, the first since the USS John McCain sailed through the strait in July 2017, insisting that US warships were conducting an ordinary freedom of navigation mission.

The Chinese government, which cut off all diplomatic relations to the small island in 2016, claimed for decades that Taiwan is part of China's territory and will use force to conquer it if needed. -China trade fight is seen as dragging on for a potentially prolonged period, as the world's two biggest economies flex their muscles with no sign of negotiations to ease tensions.

The last time a USA aircraft carrier transited the Taiwan Strait was in 2007, during the administration of George W. Bush, and some US military officials believe a carrier transit is overdue.

A growing number of global airlines and companies were also forced to change Taiwan's name to "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei" due to pressure from Beijing.

The U.S. Congress recently passed a measure encouraging higher-level government contacts with Taiwan and closer cooperation with their military. "And Taiwan is surely a litmus test for (Chinese President) Xi Jinping's repeated exhortation to protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity".

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