" The legal transit of ships through the Strait of Taiwan demonstrates the United States 'commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The US military flies, sails and operates everywherewhere international law permits, "the statement continued.
The presence of US ships followed Chinese assault exercises held in the region last week, during which warships and the Communist nation's fighter jets participated in exercises off the southwest and southeastern coasts of Taiwan, Stars and Stripes reported.
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The US decision also followed to a visit to South East Asia by the Vice President Kamala Harris , who visited Singapore and Vietnam, in part to communicate his support for the Asian allies of the United States.ique in the face of the influence of China in the region. Harris returned to Washington on Friday.
The USS Kidd flies its traditional skull and crossbones flag as it passes through downtown San Diego on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (Associated Press)
US support for Taiwan included State Department approval earlier this month of 40 self-propelled howitzers to Taiwan, Stars and Stripes reported .
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The US military has carried out similar operations in the region about once a month, with China denouncing "provocative acts ", Reuters reported.
"The United States has frequently committed similar acts of provocation, which are of a very bad nature, showing fully that they are the greatest destroyer of peace and stability and the greatest cause of security risks in the Taiwan Strait, "said Tan Kefei, spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, in a statement, according to Reuters. "We strongly oppose it and strongly condemn this.
The Official statementChinese also affirms Beijing's position regarding Taiwan.
"Taiwan is an inseparable part of China " said Kefei. "The Taiwan issue is China's internal affair and does not allow any outside interference. We call on the United States to recognize the situation, stop provocations, and abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the United States. three Sino-US joint statements. "
During his trip to Asia, Harris accused China of " harassment and excessive maritime claims reported by Reuters .