Troops from Britain, Canada, France and Australia have sailed across the Taiwan Strait in recent years, prompting protests from Beijing.
An American destroyer and a Canadian frigate crossed the Strait of taiwan in the last joint exercise in this area considered by China as part of its territory.
The USS Higginsa class destroyer Arleigh Burkein cooperation with HCMS Vancouver, a Canadian Halifax frigate, “carried out a routine transit through the Strait of taiwan on September 20 in accordance with international law,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.
“The ship transited through a corridor in the narrow that is outside the territorial sea of any coastal state,” he added.
Canada indicated that the HMCS Vancouverr was en route to join an ongoing mission to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea when i sailed with him USS Higgins.
“Today’s routine in the Strait of taiwan demonstrates our commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” said Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand it’s a statement.
A spokesman for the Chinese Army’s Eastern Theater Command described the maneuver as “a public exaggeration”.
“The troops are always on high alert, resolutely counter all threats and provocations, and resolutely uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Colonel Shi Yi told state broadcaster CCTV.
troops of UK, Canada, France and Australia have sailed through the Strait of taiwan in recent years, sparking protests from Beijing.
They also prowl the South China Sea, which Beijing it claims almost entirely despite a 2016 Hague ruling that rejected its claims as well as those of several neighboring countries.
The crossing of the two American ships occurred a day after the American president Joe Biden declared that his troops would come to the aid oftaiwan if there were a Chinese invasion.