Thursday, the us warship uss chung-hoon sailed through the taiwan strait between taiwan and the chinese mainland. this transit was said to demonstrate the us commitment to a “free and open indo-pacific”. a chinese embassy spokesman in washington accused the us of “undermining peace and stability” with this voyage.
Voyage took place last thursday in the taiwan strait between taiwan and the chinese mainland. china has claimed taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to unify it, by force if necessary. the chinese military monitored the transit of the uss chung-hoon, which is named after rear admiral gordon pai’ea chung-hoon, who served in the us navy during the second world war.
Uss chung-hoon’s transit was meant to show the us commitment to a “free and open indo-pacific”. tensions between washington and beijing have risen in recent years and taiwan is a flashpoint in the relationship. the us abides by the “one china” policy and has formal ties with beijing and not taiwan, but also maintains a “robust unofficial” relationship with the island. this voyage was seen as a sign of us support for taiwan’s self-rule. china responded by accusing the us of “undermining peace and stability” and vowed to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.