U.S. warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

U.S. warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

Liu said that the people of Taiwan should be able to see through the USA and its intentions and that its behavior has damaged the interests of the people of Taiwan and those of the entire Chinese people, as well as hurting China's interests.

As a responsible member of the worldwide community, Taiwan will continue to work to maintain the "status quo" with China and to ensure peace, prosperity and development in the Asia-Pacific region, it said.

"U.S. Navy Ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years", Brown said.

In a move that could heighten tensions between Washington and Beijing, two US Navy destroyers have sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a US Navy official has confirmed to CNN.

A USA official confirmed the two ships were the USS Mustin and USS Benfold.

Washington has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help it defend itself and is the island's main source of arms. The Chinese military also recently conducted large-scale military exercises that analysts saw as a warning over growing ties between the United States and Taiwan.

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The move comes amid a trade war between the US and China and escalating tensions between Taiwan and China, which has warned that it will defend - by force if necessary - its "One China" principle under which the self-ruling island is seen as part of China's own territory, awaiting reunification. -China trade fight is seen as dragging on for a potentially prolonged period, as the world's two biggest economies flex their muscles with no sign of negotiations to ease tensions. The U.S. Navy has continued to carry out freedom of navigation passages in worldwide waters close to those islands that have the effect of countering China's territorial claims.

The U.S. Navy has not sailed an aircraft carrier in that area since 2007.

USA overtures towards Taiwan, from unveiling a new de facto embassy to passing the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages US officials to visit, have further escalated tension between Beijing and Taipei.

On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ordered 34 airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China on their websites and in their promotional materials.

The U.S. continues to sell military weapons to the island nation even though it does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

China has boosted its own military presence in the region, sailing its own aircraft carrier through the strait in January.

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