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US, China quarrel after warship 'unsafely interacted' in Taiwan Strait

Jun 06, 2023

Washington [US], June 6: The White House says that recent dangerous confrontations between US and Chinese forces in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea reflect the "increasing aggression" of the Chinese military.
Washington's warning comes after the US Navy on June 4 released a video of what it called an "unsafe interaction" in the Taiwan Strait, in which a Chinese warship passed by . in front of a US destroyer in these sensitive waters, according to Reuters.
The US military said that the US destroyer USS Chung-Hoon and the Canadian frigate HMCS Montreal were making a "routine" transit through the Taiwan Strait on June 3 when the Chinese ship crossed in front of the US ship and entered the area. within 137 m.
In the video released by the US Navy, the Chinese ship can be seen crossing the path of the USS Chung-Hoon in calm waters. At that time, the USS Chung-Hoon did not change course, according to Reuters.
The incident follows an incident on May 26 in which a Chinese fighter jet carried out what the US called "unnecessary aggression" near a US military aircraft over the South China Sea in international airspace. economic.
"Sadly, this is only one part of the growing Chinese aggression that we are dealing with and that we are prepared to address," White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters amid the backdrop of the outbreak. Relations between Washington and Beijing are deteriorating, according to Reuters.
"Soon there will be errors in judgment or mistakes," Mr Kirby warned.
Mr. Kirby said the United States will continue to defend freedom of navigation in the air and at sea. "I definitely want to hear Beijing justify what it's doing. Air and sea interceptions happen all the time," Mr. Kirby said.
Mr. Kirby also said that if China wants to send the message that the US is not welcome in the region or it wants American planes and ships to stop activities that support international law, it will not succeed. , according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that "the measures taken by the Chinese military are completely reasonable, lawful, professional and safe".
"The US caused trouble and provocation first, while China handled it according to laws and regulations later," Wang told a news conference in Beijing on June 5, according to Reuters.
Despite rising bilateral tensions, State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said the administration of President Joe Biden was "seeking to continue to maintain a predictable relationship with China".
"President Biden has made it clear that we are not looking for any new form of Cold War and that our rivalry must not lead to conflict," Patel told reporters, according to Reuters.
Source: ThanhNien Newspaper