China and Russia have separately condemned what they see as destabilizing U.S. military moves near their respective borders, and have jointly called for intensifying their already growing strategic partnership.
In a statement published Tuesday by the Chinese Defense Ministry, People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Shi Yi slammed the passage of the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius through the Taiwan Strait that separates the Chinese mainland from the self-ruling island claimed by the central government in Beijing.
“This action of the U.S. side created security risks and undermined regional stability,” Shi said. “The troops of the PLA Eastern Theater Command will take all measures necessary to resolutely counter all threats and provocations and safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson stressed in the statement.
Washington broke off relations with the Taipei government in 1979 in favor of Beijing, but has maintained unofficial ties that have warmed in recent years as relations with Beijing soured.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet asserted in a statement that the USS Milius passed “through international waters in accordance with international law,” but a protest to the latest U.S. move was also issued by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian during a press conference.
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