China accuses US of being security risk after Taiwan Strait sailing

The Jerusalem Post reports: “The United States is a ‘maker of security risks’ in the Taiwan Strait with its frequent provocations there, China’s military said on Wednesday after another US warship sailed through the sensitive waterway.

The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said the destroyer USS Benfold conducted a ‘routine’ Taiwan Strait transit through international waters ‘in accordance with international law.’

The United States has been carrying out such voyages about once a month, angering China, which views them as a sign of support for Taiwan, the democratically governed island that Beijing views as Chinese territory.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said in a statement that its forces had followed the ship throughout and ‘warned’ it.

‘The frequent provocations and showing off by the United States fully demonstrate that the United States is a destroyer of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and a maker of security risks in the Taiwan Strait,’ it said in a statement…”

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