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Two US warships move into Taiwan Strait

Two US warships move into Taiwan Strait”

China sees self-ruling democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, but the island sees itself as a sovereign country.

Air India's recent decision to change Taiwan's designation to Chinese Taipei has nothing to do with the country's one China policy, a major Indian news outlet reported Saturday.

The transit, which comes as the US and China spar over trade and access to global waters, is the first since another American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, entered the strait last July.

Liu said that the people of Taiwan should be able to see through the USA and its intentions and that its behavior has damaged the interests of the people of Taiwan and those of the entire Chinese people, as well as hurting China's interests.

The destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement.

The US downplayed the symbolic value of the passage, the first since the USS John McCain sailed through the strait in July 2017, insisting that US warships were conducting an ordinary freedom of navigation mission.

The Chinese government had no immediately comment.

A former Japanese colony, Taiwan split from China amid civil war in 1949 and China cut off relations with Tsai's government after her 2016 inauguration because she refuses to recognize the island as a part of China.

China has also been angered over recent warming relations between the US and Taiwan, after Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top American officials and the USA government green-lighted a license required to sell cutting-edge submarine technology to Taipei.

The national airline is the latest to fall in line with China's demands to drop references to Taiwan as a separate entity.

Taiwan, he added, is at the forefront of key issues for China - perhaps even more important to Beijing than its territorial row with Tokyo in the East China Sea over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyus.

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.



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