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Chinese military remains on high alert after US and Canadian ships visit Taiwan Strait

BEIJING (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 21, 2022) China’s armed forces remain on high alert after Canada’s USS Higgins and HMSC Vancouver visited the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions in the region, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Theater (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, Senior Colonel Shi Yi said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said the Navy ships transited the Taiwan Strait to demonstrate “the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

“The American torpedo destroyer USS Higgins and the Canadian frigate HMSC Vancouver transited the Taiwan Strait on September 20. The PLA Combatant Command Eastern Area ordered naval and air forces to accompany the ships throughout the The command units maintain high combat readiness to promptly resist all threats and provocations and resolutely uphold state sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shi said on WeChat.

The situation around Taiwan worsened after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in early August. China has condemned Pelosi’s trip, which it sees as a gesture of support for separatism, and has launched large-scale military exercises around the island. Several countries, including France, Lithuania, the United States and Japan, have sent their delegations to the island since then, further increasing tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing considers the island its province, while Taiwan, a territory with its own elected government, maintains that it is an autonomous country but stops short of declare its independence. Beijing opposes any official contact by foreign states with Taipei and considers Chinese sovereignty over the island to be indisputable.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.