The Chinese Armed Forces were put on alert because of American cruisers

Missile cruiser Chancellorsville in the Taiwan Strait

Armed forces of China are in a state of high alert to prevent any provocations after the passage of the cruisers of the US Navy in the Taiwan Strait, said the official representative of the Eastern military command of people’s liberation army (PLA) Shi I.

“Cruisers of the US Navy Chancellorsville and Antietam August 28, carried out the passage through the Taiwan Strait, calling everyone’s attention. The Eastern military area command of the PLA undertook the support of the American cruisers, exercised complete control over their activities. The units of the command are in a state of high alert in order to prevent any provocation”, — stated in the message published on the social network WeChat.

Earlier, Reuters, citing three us officials reported that two ships of the U.S. Navy carried out a passage through the Taiwan Strait for the first time after rising tensions between Washington and Beijing in connection with the visit of the speaker of the U.S. house of representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

The situation around Taiwan have worsened after a visit to the island of Pelosi. China considers the island to be one of its provinces, condemned the visit, seeing in this step, the US support of Taiwan separatism, and began large-scale military exercises.

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.