The US Navy cruiser Chancellorsville. Archive photo
Two U.S. Navy ship for the first time after rising tensions between Washington and Beijing are making the passage through the Taiwan Strait, reports Reuters, citing three us officials.
“Two warships of the U.S. Navy carried out a passage through international waters in the Taiwan Strait, which is the first such operation following tensions with China in connection with the visit of the speaker of the house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi Taiwan”, – stated in the message of the Agency.
As specified, the operations involved cruisers of the US Navy Chancellorsville and Antietam.
The situation around Taiwan have worsened after the visit, the speaker of the house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi. China, which is formally island, condemned the visit, seeing in this step, Washington’s support for Taiwan separatism, condemned the actions of Pelosi.
In response, Beijing has held in this region, large-scale exercises, on the island imposed restrictive economic measures against Pelosi also sanctioned.
Official relations between the Central government of the PRC and its island province were interrupted in 1949, after defeated in the civil war with the Communist party of China forces of the Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai-shek moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980-ies. Since the early 1990-ies, the parties began to communicate through non-governmental organizations, the Beijing Association for the development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Taipei and Fund exchanges across the Strait.