China Protests Flight of US Warplane Over Taiwan Strait

Voice of America News reports: “China says the fight of a U.S. military plane over the Taiwan Strait Monday ‘endangered peace and stability’ in the region.

The Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said in a statement that it closely monitored a U.S. Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance plane as it flew over the waterway that divides mainland China and the self-ruled island of Taiwan. The Command said the flight ‘deliberately interfered with and disrupted the regional situation and endangered peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.’

The statement also warned that forces in the region ‘maintain a high level of alert at all times and will resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.’

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet issued a statement saying the plane flew over the Strait in international airspace. ‘The United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows including within the Taiwan Strait,’ the statement said, adding that by doing so the U.S. ‘upholds the navigational rights and freedoms of all nations.’…”

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