US sends warship through Taiwan Strait for first time under Biden

US sends warship through Taiwan Strait for first time under Biden

"We're going back to an era where America will take a back seat rather than drive the vehicle and drive the worldwide community to confront the China threat", Banks said.

While officially adhering to the "One China" policy, the USA has provided up to $13 billion in arms to the island state in the past four years, including missiles capable of hitting targets around the Taiwan Strait, and frequently conducts what it calls "freedom of navigation" operations in the region. "We hope the United States side will play a constructive role for regional peace and stability, rather than the opposite".

China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday voiced resolute opposition to the sailing of a USA warship through the Taiwan Straits and urged the US side to play a constructive role in regional peace and stability rather than doing the contrary.

"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", he said in the statement.

"Yang's message to the US was consistent with a view in Beijing that the U.S.'s erratic policies were being driven by deepening fissures in American society, rather than its own policies".

"The US move is a repeat of its old trick of "mixed manipulation" of the situation across the Taiwan Strait, deliberately creating tensions and disrupting regional peace and stability".

Coinciding with the McCain's operation, China's military on Wednesday conducted two aerial incursions into Taiwan's air defense zone on Wednesday, the Taiwan defense ministry said.

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The administration of former President Donald Trump sought stronger ties with Taiwan, and USA military ships sailed through the strait 13 times a year ago.

China claimed in December that its warships "expelled" the McCain from the strait during the Dec. 31 operation, prompting an unusual denial from the Navy.

At the White House, its Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden administration's approach to China is strategic.

Senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi, one of the top aides to dictator Xi Jinping, on Monday instructed President Joe Biden to abandon the "misguided policies" of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of nearly 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.

In the past four years, the USA government has offered as much as $13 billion in arms to the island state, including missiles capable of reaching targets across the Taiwan Strait.

"No matter how the situation in the Taiwan Strait changes, theatre troops will loyally perform their duties and mission, resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity".

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