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Two US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't

Two US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't

Earlier Sunday, commenting on the passage, China's Taiwan Affairs Office Director Liu Jieyi (劉結一) said the US has been "playing the Taiwan card" against China.

Two U.S. warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday on a voyage that will likely be viewed in the self-ruled island as a sign of support by President Donald Trump amid heightened tension with China.

"U.S. Navy ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years", said Brown. The US Navy has not sailed an aircraft carrier in that area since 2007.

China claims Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring under its control what it sees as a wayward province.

Liu said that the people of Taiwan should be able to see through the US 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 US warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday and were still in the waterway as of Saturday night, Taiwan's defense ministry reported.

Word of the transit was first made public by a statement from Taiwan's Defense Ministry that said the identified the two ships by their hull numbers.

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Chinese officials involved in dealing with cross-strait issues should be able to assess the current situation properly, adopt a thoughtful and discreet approach before making comments, and handle cross-strait affairs in a pragmatic manner, the MAC said.

The U.S. State Department has also reportedly requested the deployment of a detachment of marines to help safeguard new facilities of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto consulate in lieu of formal diplomatic ties, in Taipei.

The move comes as a U.S.

On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ordered 34 airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China on their websites and in their promotional materials.

China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago as her government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of "one China".

"Taiwan is a key "core interest" of Beijing and recently we see more strident resistance voiced out in Chinese state media against perceived USA moves to undermine such interest", Koh said.

"If we need to do a comparison, Taiwan certainly ranks above other topical hot-button issues such as even the East and South China sea disputes", Koh said.