China, on Thursday, blamed the United States for tensions in Taiwan as a U.S. warship sailed close to the Chinese-claimed island.
As both rival countries step up their naval activities, Taiwan has complained of repeated military activities by Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.
On Monday, China said an aircraft carrier group was exercising close to the island whereas, the U.S, which has been seeking more cordial bilateral ties with Taiwan as against Beijing, Wednesday, also sailed a warship through the sensitive Taiwan Strait that separates the island from its giant neighbour.
Speaking at a daily news briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said U.S. ships engaging in “provocations” “send a seriously wrong signal to the forces of Taiwan independence, threatening peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.
And in rhetoric, he added; “Would a Chinese warship go to the Gulf of Mexico to make a show of strength?”
Beijing and Washington have in recent months, locked horns in a fight for supremacy over Taiwan.
China has sought to keep the island while the U.S has expressed its concern about a pattern of Chinese intimidation efforts in the region, including towards Taiwan, reiterating that the U.S. commitment to Taiwan is “rock solid”.
China believes the United States is colluding with Taiwan to challenge Beijing and giving support to those who want the island to declare formal independence.
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