US ships and planes will make new passages in the Taiwan Strait

US ships and planes will make new passages in the Taiwan Strait

China had launched war exercises last week around Taiwan, which it claims as part of its territory, in reaction to the visit of the American Nancy Pelosi.

An American F-16 in Taiwan. Sam Yeh / AFP

US ships and planes will make new crossings through the Taiwan Strait “in the coming weeks”, despite growing tensions with China over the island, a senior US official said on Friday (August 12th).

US forces “will continue to fly, navigate or operate wherever international law permits,” said Kurt Campbell, White House Asia-Pacific coordinator. “This includes conventional air and sea crossings through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks.”

High level of tension

US forces “will continue to fly, navigate or operate wherever international law allows,” he continued, without specifying the nature of the deployments made in the strait or their timing. An “ambitious roadmap” on trade will also be unveiled “in the coming days”, said Kurt Campbell. Mr Campbell said the Biden administration would “continue to strengthen (its) ties with Taiwan, including continuing to advance our economic and trade relationship”. Criticizing China’s decision to end its climate cooperation with the United States, the senior official said Washington continued to keep communication channels “open” with Beijing.

Beijing last week launched unprecedented war exercises around Taiwan, which it claims to be part of its territory, in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing democracy. China’s week-long air and sea drills have pushed tensions in the region to their highest level in years.

 

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