UPDATED 1:51 PM PT — Monday, April 29, 2019
Two U.S. recently warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait in support of sovereignty of the island nation.
According to the Pentagon Monday, the U.S. Navy sent two vessels through the strait on Sunday to demonstrate America’s support for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region.” Taiwan’s’ defense ministry has confirmed the voyage.
The move comes amid heightened tensions with mainland China as it claims Taiwan as part of its territory under the contested One-China policy. Beijing harshly criticized the operation, saying the U.S. must respect — what it calls — China’s territorial integrity.
“China was aware and monitored the process of U.S. warships sailing through the Taiwan Strait, and we raised our concerns with the U.S., stated Chinese Foreign Minister . “The Taiwani issue is the most important and sensitive one in the China-U.S. relationship…we urge the U.S. to abide by the One-China policy, and not to bring negative effects on the China-U.S. relationship and the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”
Officials in Taipei welcomed America’s move, and reiterated their opposition to Beijing’s One-China policy.