US flies over Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China

A reconnaissance aircraft Poseidon P-8A US Navy flew over the strait Taiwan on Friday in a demonstration of “the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” just days after 29 Chinese warplanes entered the air zone of the self-declared territory of Taiwan, the US Indo-Pacific Command said. USA in a statement.

“A US Navy P-8A Poseidon transited the Taiwan Strait into international airspace on June 24. The United States will continue to fly, navigate and operate anywhere international law allows, including within the Taiwan Strait.

Tensions between Taiwan and China

Tensions between Taiwan and China. How has the Taiwan issue affected the US-China relationship?

Operating within the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international standards “The United States upholds the rights and freedoms of navigation of all nations. The aircraft’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free Indo-Pacific and open,” the statement read.

On Tuesday, the Chinese Defense Ministry said the 29 planes of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force were a combination of fighter jets, early warning and control planes, electronic warfare planes, anti-submarine planes, electronic intelligence and aerial refueling aircraft.

It was the third-highest daily number of Chinese planes entering Taiwan’s self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since the beginning of the year and comes less than a month after China sent 30 fighter jets on a similar mission. .

How has the Taiwan issue affected the US-China relationship?

How has the Taiwan issue affected the US-China relationship?

The Taiwan issue has been at the forefront of US-China relations in recent months.

Tensions between Washington, which has pledged to support the island’s self-defense, and Beijing over Taiwan came to the fore earlier this month when their respective defense chiefs met at the Shangri-La Dialogue defense conference in Singapore.

As we have mentioned in AmericanPost.NewsTaiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since defeated nationalists retreated to the island at the end of China’s civil war more than 70 years ago.

But China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory, even though it has never controlled it.

Beijing has not ruled out military force to take Taiwan and has kept up pressure on the democratic island in recent years with frequent flights of fighter jets to the island’s ADIZ.

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