The Chinese navy warned off a French warship which entered the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, Beijing said on Thursday, adding that it had submitted an official protest to Paris over the move.

According to the Chinese Defence Ministry, the French warship “illegally entered China’s territorial waters” on 7 April.

Reuters has, meanwhile, cited a French Defence Ministry source as saying that the French navy “transits through the Taiwan Strait once a year on average without any incident or reaction”. Paris, has, meanwhile, stressed that it affirms right to “freedom of shipping” amid spat with China over the Taiwan Strait passages, AFP reports.

This comes after Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) said earlier this month that two Chinese J-11 fighter jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait’s “median line” on 31 March, prompting Taipei to scramble several aircraft in order to intercept the warplanes.

Also, the 7 April French warship incident comes amid regular passages by US Navy ships through the strategic waterway. In late March, the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said in a statement that they had sent the naval destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur and the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Strait.

The statement pointed out that the ships had “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit [on] 24-25 March (local time) in accordance with international law.”

Beijing made a representation to Washington over the US warships’ passage, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

He added that Beijing urges the US to “honour the ‘One China’ policy and three joint Chinese-US communiques [on the issue] and be prudent about the Taiwan issue in order to avoid the deterioration of Beijing-Washington relations and damage to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

The US has stepped up patrol missions in the Taiwan Strait since summer 2018. In late January 2019, Washington sent the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl there in order to “demonstrate the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”, as US Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman commented in a statement.

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The passage of US warships takes place amid ongoing tensions between Washington and Beijing as the two remain engaged in the process of negotiating a trade deal.

The Taiwan Strait divides Taiwan from mainland China. Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of a united China. Relations between the two sides were cut in 1949 after the remnants of Chiang Kai-shek’s forces fled to the island following their defeat on the mainland. Ties were partially restored in the 1980s.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Both sides agreed to the “One China” policy, the US agreed as well. I don’t see problem then in the way China acts, they act like Taiwan is part of China. On the other hand Taiwan now is changing it’s mind and Chinese government doesn’t like it so they are pressing hard. And the only thing that is realistically stoping them is that it would hurt them to bad to take it being that they are heavily depended on exports to keep their economy going. But in some 20 years it will change and that’s when Taiwanese troubles will really… Read more »

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CHINA VS TURKEY If China and Turkey were friends, they should understand criticism is something that exist between friends. Cos friends that rather silence upon seeing other doing something wrong, were not the meaning of friends. And that not included, what China use as factor (business) in threatening other country indeed bound as low class demeaning act. Cos how China said something, like Turkey cannot survive without them or whatever business exist between China and Turkey because one pity another. Is that the meaning of business? That mean China mentality in dealing with other country, can see the differences that… Read more »

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Could you prove that China authorities say that or is it in your dreams?

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What? Admin must remember, keep my censored comments for your family, so they have something to read in the cooker.
Cos their names already deleted from book of life.

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Time to sell what it takes to scare China off Taiwan… Rafale has everything it takes to bounce anything incoming. It’s not without good reasons India pulled out from Su-57 despite having funded the biggest of R&D (in fact, I even ask myself if Russia has funded anything, and the same about Il-214/276…Not speaking about the MiG-29K -navy version- scam, etc…) I think that we’ll soon see a Taiwan referendum cutting the ties with mainland and a big ?? from Trump to Jiping… Any way, the law of the sea is the same for China as for all countries :… Read more »

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Note : China has territorial disputes with near ALL neighbouring countries
India, Taiwan, Bhutan, Tibet, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Russia, North Korea, Mongolia, Tajikistan, even Pakistan…
They’re getting on the nerves of many nowadays.

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Time to nuke the Chinese people out of existence and exterminate them everywhere. Chinese people are some of the nastiest pieces of human excrement to be honest (I’ve met many with open mind, but they are just terrible people, much much worse in China). They are capable of anything, soon they will claim not only more territories but women of other countries too. Since there is a lack in China, because of their own hatred for their daughters.

They make the world uneasy, they are a clear threat to the world. Heck even Russia is uneasy with them.

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Ha, ha, ha

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Go eat s**t, you french apes !!