A US Navy surveillance plane flew through the Taiwan Strait on Monday amid heightened tensions between the US and China, drawing a rebuke from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The PLA’s Eastern Theater Command said in a press release that China “opposes the US’s action, which has deliberately disrupted the regional situation and jeopardized the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet announced the flyover of a P-8A Poseidon aircraft through the sensitive waterway, saying the US will “operate anywhere international law allows including within the Taiwan Strait.”
US warships frequently transit the Taiwan Strait at about a monthly rate, but US surveillance planes fly over the waterway less often. According to The South China Morning Post, Monday’s transit was only the second time in eight months that a US warplane made the flight.
In June 2022, a US P-8 made a similar flight two weeks after China said the Taiwan Strait was “not international waters” as Beijing considers Taiwan to be its own territory.
US warplanes have a much heavier presence over the South China Sea, where they often encounter Chinese aircraft. Frequent US flights in the region make an accident between the two militaries more likely, which could quickly spiral into a full-blown conflict due to the poor state of US-China relations.
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saying the US will “operate anywhere international law allows including within the Taiwan Strait.”
This sh*t gets old. Why not send the SS Minnow through the straits on a 3-hour cruise. I think the Skipper is still alive. It would be so much less provocative.
As long as china’s territorial waters are not violated-flights are totally legal. Let China get used to the idea that they will not take Taiwan by surprise.
Have you noticed these people are NOT anti war but are anti United States. Thanks for the comments. I am Anti War but pro peace, pro US, and pro world.
I don’t know the relative sanity of Trump, compared to Biden. But I do know when one has two existentially dangerous enemies it is wiser to divide them than unite them in an implacable escalation of hostilities culminating in sui exitium a trios!!! Perhaps Trump would be worse than the the obviously senile Biden, but I think Trump has better sense of existential peril, than obviously out to lunch Biden. No, one cannot tell absurd lies day after day that fly in the face of obvious facts and be taken as trustworthy or sane and logical!!!!! At least not for me… I wish our folks at state would share this elemental truism with our president..!!!!
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