US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't

08 July, 2018, 15:04 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • An undated

The Taiwanese defense ministry said in a statement the two ships, the USS Mustin and USS Benfold, entered the waterway Saturday morning, AFP reported.

Taiwan, which has grown closer to the USA under the Trump administration, said that its military "is monitoring the situation in neighbouring areas, and has the confidence and abilities to maintain regional stability and defend national security".

An Indian official source on July 7 told Indian media that the name change made by Air India about Taiwan did not relate to the "One China" policy and that it was in alignment with global practices, reported the Times of India.

China maintains Taiwan is a breakaway province and not an independent nation.

The passage of USA military vessels through the Strait and the USS Ronald Reagan previously patrolling the South China Sea are strategic preventive actions adopted by the U.S. under its Indo-Pacific strategy, an anonymous source familiar with the matter said.

USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the destroyers Mustin and Benfold carried out the passage. The last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to sail the area was in 2007. China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States.

Fiery Trump Takes Shots at Warren, 'Me Too' Movement
Trump, who has repeatedly sparred with Warren in recent years, revived his nickname of "Pocahontas" for the senator - a reference to the 2012 election when then-Sen.

The communist government in Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.

Although the USA does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it is its most powerful ally and top arms supplier.

US support for Taiwan is evident, as the Unites States continues to sell it military weapons even though it does not have diplomatic relations with the province.

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) promptly requested the proper name to be restored and urged other countries to resist any intervention from China over Taiwan's sovereignty issue.

"These days, Taiwan has been under quite a bit of pressure from China- the snatching of multiple countries from Taiwan's already paltry pool of formal diplomatic allies within a short span of time, regular aerial and naval 'island patrols, ' even cyberattacks on the island", Koh said.

Former Taiwan Vice President Lien Chan, of Taiwan's pro-China and former ruling Nationalist Party, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.

Recommended:

  • Hamilton blazes to pole position for British GP

    Hamilton blazes to pole position for British GP

    His lap of one minute 25.892 seconds was a track record. "I would say it felt like the most pressurized lap that I've ever had. Williams has only four points this season and Harris acknowledged on Friday she had been "dreading" the team's home race.
    Another Big Name Falls As Wozniacki Loses At Wimbledon

    Another Big Name Falls As Wozniacki Loses At Wimbledon

    She stopped short of blaming the insects for the defeat, but said that their appearance " was definitely a first for me ". Madison Keys celebrated Independence Day by beating Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum as she recorded a 6-4 6-3 victory.

    Brock Lesnar Enters the Octagon at UFC 226 & Shoves New Heavyweight Champion

    That's why, despite holding the UFC's light heavyweight championship, he moved up to challenge heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Cormier elected to drop to light heavyweight only because his friend Cain Velasquez held the UFC heavyweight belt at the time.
  • Possible TB Exposure At Buildings On Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex

    Possible TB Exposure At Buildings On Johns Hopkins Hospital Complex

    Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue. Tuberculosis is serious lung infection and transmitted between people through the air, usually by coughing or sneezing.
    Here's the latest on Celtics guard Marcus Smart

    Here's the latest on Celtics guard Marcus Smart

    The likes of Clint Capela, Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine are all still in the same boat as the tenacious Celtics defender. As a restricted free agent, the Celtics can match any offer that comes Smart's way.
    England legends react to reaching World Cup semi-finals

    England legends react to reaching World Cup semi-finals

    Another standout performer for England was Leicester defender Maguire, who headed his side into the lead with his first global goal.
  • Dele, Maguire head England into first semi-final in 28 years

    Dele, Maguire head England into first semi-final in 28 years

    This was England's most complete performance of Russian Federation 2018 in what was a highly-credible team effort. But England prevailed, winning 2-0 to book their place in the semi-final of the World Cup .
    Uruguay’s Cavani has swollen calf, not tear, as France…

    Uruguay’s Cavani has swollen calf, not tear, as France…

    He nearly cost his side a second goal when he made a decision to tuck up a trick against Antoine Griezmann . They won their only World Cup in 1998 on home soil, and in 2006 lost to Italy on penalties.
    Raymond Felton Returning to Thunder on One-Year Deal

    Raymond Felton Returning to Thunder on One-Year Deal

    By stretching Melo's contract, the Thunder stand to save nearly $120 million between payroll and luxury tax payments. Felton's new contract is for $2.4 million and puts the Thunder's combined payroll and luxury tax over $300 million.
  • Concerned England fans make the same joke about the referee against Sweden

    It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation , and the centre back's first in global football. The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.
    Grayson Allen, Trae Young got tangled up in a summer league game

    Grayson Allen, Trae Young got tangled up in a summer league game

    Atlanta will have also been encouraged by John Collins, who had a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. After coming off a pindown, Young popped out to the top of the 3-point arc and caught a pass and was met by Allen.
    #WC2018: Croatia beat Russian Federation  on penalties to set up semi against England

    #WC2018: Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up semi against England

    Croatia started the second half more urgent than they did the first and looked the more unsafe out of the two sides. Croatia will play England, who earlier beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.


Popular

U.S. Army Is Discharging Immigrant Recruits Who Were Promised Citizenship
Since 2009, more than 10,000 non-U.S. citizens have joined or signed contracts to join the military through the MAVNI program. Army veterans have slammed the Defense Department, saying it's a "slap in the face". "I'm a good scientist no matter what".

Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout
Rakitic stepped up to score the winning kick and earn his country a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1998. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes.

U.S. Border Patrol says it won't stop checking Canadian fishing vessels
John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, said in a statement Thursday that the stops occurred in Canadian waters. Machias Seal Island is located off Cutler, Maine , about 320 kilometers (200 miles) up the coast from Portland.

Cormier stops heavyweight Miocic to win 2nd UFC title belt
We'll do USADA testing, and we'll do other testing. "I think that what this does is finally gives him the respect he deserves". As noted earlier , MMA reporter Jeremy Botter cited multiple sources saying that the plan is for Lesnar vs.

Migrants: Merkel and Orban clash over Europe's 'humanity'
Kurz called for the agency to have 10,000 border guards by 2020, seven years earlier than anticipated by Brussels. However, she added EU tariff negotiations required a "common European position and we are still working on it".

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack
A USA service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan , Nato says. They became more rare as the number of USA troops shrunk afterward, and as the military coalition added security precautions.

China's tariff response takes effect after Trump ignites trade war
The Chinese side sees Trump's threats as an attempt to hold back its economic growth - and has vowed to match them move for move. The dollar and Treasuries edged lower as traders looked ahead to the release of U.S. jobs data.

UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier Results
UFC President Dana White, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman and former champion Dominick Cruz are among the guests backstage. The card is headlined by Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier , as well as co-main event Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannous.

The dream is finally over for World Cup surprise package Russian Federation
This is the first time two teams have had penalties in successive matches of the knockout stages of a World Cup, though. Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup .

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0
Speaking after the game, captain Harry Kane said: "I thought we were fantastic today, Sweden made it very hard ". The victor battles France or Belgium in the 2018 World Cup final on July 15 in Moscow.