On Thursday, China expressed “deep concerns” after a US Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait, the next day after Beijing warned that it was ready for war if any move comes toward Taiwan’s independence.
According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman of Beijing, Hua Chunying said China had “expressed deep concerns to the US side” over its latest action in the strait separating China from Taiwan.
“The Taiwan question is the most sensitive and important issue between China and the US,” she told a regular press briefing.
“We urge the US to abide by the One China principle and the three joint communiques, to be prudent and act appropriately with regards to Taiwan so that it doesn’t harm China-US relations and the peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait’s region,” she added.
China has already warned on Wednesday that it is ready for war if there was any move toward Taiwan’s independence. It accused the US of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.
A spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, Commander Clay Doss, said in a statement on Wednesday, “The (ship’s) transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
“The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” he added. The sailing has triggered the tensions further with China but it will be observed by Taiwan. Taiwan’s defense ministry said the US ship had sailed north through the Taiwan Strait in its freedom-of-navigation voyage and Taiwan had observed the mission.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian has said during a press conference, “If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity.”