President Trump ordered the U.S. Navy to send the USS Mustin (DDG 89), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer through the sensitive Taiwan Strait over the weekend.
China Cries Foul Over USS Mustin
Seeing the USS Mustin making its way through the 110-mile wide body of water separating Taiwan caused the People’s Republic of China.
China, as expected, immediately objected to the Mustin’s presence, calling it ‘a move that jeopardizes peace and security in the region.’
The U.S. 7th Fleet responded by issuing a statement that read:
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”
A spokesman for China’s People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command told the South China Morning Post that U.S. ships are sailing through the strait to “intentionally elevate the intensity of the Taiwan issue.”
China has illegally claimed ownership of Taiwan and has not ruled out taking the island by military force.
The USS Mustin is forward deployed with a homeport in Japan.
“All nations benefit from free and open access to the maritime domain. We will foster a united, global effort to safeguard this access,” the 7th Fleet said in a statement.
Just a day after the Mustin’s passage through the Taiwan Strait.
China responded by deploying its aircraft carrier, the Shandong, to the area according to the South China Post.