U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait less than week after election

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2020

Taiwan's defence ministry said the Shiloh sailed in a northerly direction through the strait and that its armed forces monitored the ship throughout. The US Seventh Fleet later confirmed the information, describing the move as a "routine" transit of the USS Shiloh.

Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial and diplomatic issue and Beijing has never ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its control.

A USA warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait, mainland and Taipei officials said Friday, the first such passage since the island resoundingly re-elected its independence-leaning president.

A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait, after President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China and Taiwan re-elected a leader seeking greater American military support to counter a threat from Beijing. Taiwan has expressed "the greatest goodwill" regarding maintaining the cross-strait status quo, said MAC, adding it will not make further concessions in the face of Beijing's attempt to undermine Taiwan's sovereignty. The United States has conducted sporadic missions across the strait in the past two years.

Geng urged the U.S.to follow the "one China" principle and "cautiously handle" the Taiwan issue.

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Washington has no formal relationship with Taiwan, but is legally required to provide the island with self-defense resources and is its primary source of weapons. This comes within a week, since Taiwan's pro-democracy politician Tsai Ing-wen, won a landslide victory in country's Presidential election. "The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows", he said.

The trade conflict between the United States and China began in 2018 after Washington slapped tariffs on $25 billion worth of Chinese goods, and has since escalated to include hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of products from both countries.

"Perhaps this concept sounds simple, but it is important to consider its significance within the current context", said Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

Earlier on Friday, U.S. diplomat William Brent Christensen, who is director of the American Institute in Taiwan, said at a forum in Taipei that the U.S. this year will seek to further Taiwan's engagement in the world, accusing Beijing of blocking Taiwan's participation in most worldwide organizations.

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