The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sails in the Pacific Ocean on June 22, 2021 (Olympia McCoy / US Navy)
The Chinese military has complained about the latest transit of the Taiwan Strait by foreign warships, this time involving American and Canadian ships.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey and the frigate HMCS Winnipeg crossed the contested waterway last week, Cmdr. Hayley Sims, spokeswoman for the U.S. 7th Fleet at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, said by phone Monday.
The transits took place Thursday and Friday, she said in a follow-up email.
“The transit of Dewey and Winnipeg through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” she said in the statement. E-mail. and a prosperous region. “
China “sent naval and air forces to follow and monitor the two warships along the route,” Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command, said on Sunday, as quoted by the official website. of the Chinese army.
The “United States and Canada have made provocations of a heinous nature and stirred up unrest, which has seriously compromised peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to Shi’s statement. “Taiwan is part of China. The troops of the [Peopleâs Liberation Army] The Eastern Theater Command remains on high alert at all times and ready to resolutely counter any threats and provocations. “
China recently conducted assault drills on the beach that appeared to simulate an invasion of Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province. In a separate demonstration, nearly 150 Chinese fighter jets flew over the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone over a four-day period starting October 1.
Last week’s strait transit was the 10th made by a U.S. warship this year. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry, home port of Yokosuka, crossed the waterway on September 17.
Chinese officials have also complained after HMS Richmond, part of the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Strike Group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, crossed the controversial 110-mile-wide waterway on September 27. .