Washington: A Chinese warship came within 150 yards (137 meters) of a American destroyer in the Taiwan Strait in an “unsafe manner,” US military officials said, with China blaming the United States for “deliberately provoking danger” in the region.
On Saturday, the US and Canadian navies conducted joint exercises in the strait separating the island of Taiwan and China, when the Chinese ship clipped in front of the US guided-missile destroyer Chung Hun, forcing it to slow down to avoid collision. The US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has claimed autonomous Taiwan as its territory since the defeated ROC government fled to the island in 1949 after losing a civil war to Communist Mao Zedong. Taiwan’s government says the People’s Republic of China never ruled the island, and US President Joe Biden has said the US will defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
The Chinese military chided the United States and Canada for “deliberately raising risks” after the two countries’ fleets carried out a rare joint sail through the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
The US Indo-Pacific Command said the Chong Hun and Canada’s Montreal were making a “routine” transit of the strait when the Chinese vessel clipped in front of the US vessel.
The US command said that “the Chinese ship’s closest point of approach was 150 yards and that its actions violated the maritime ‘rules of way’ for safe passage in international waters.”
Video footage broadcast by Canadian website Global News showed the close encounter between the two vessels.
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The naval encounter was the latest close call between the Chinese and US militaries. The US Indo-Pacific Command said on Tuesday that a Chinese fighter jet carried out an “unnecessarily aggressive” maneuver near a US military aircraft over the South China Sea in international airspace.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Bingyu, did not comment on the details of the plane incident, but said that the United States “has repeatedly deployed planes and ships for close reconnaissance over China, which poses a grave danger to China’s national security.”
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a pre-recorded interview that aired on CNN on Sunday that the United States seeks to maintain a “stable, cross-strait dynamic” between China and Taiwan and avoid conflict “that would lead to a collapse of the global economy.” .
Fareed Zakaria GPS was interviewed on CNN on Friday.
Chinese Defense Minister Li Changfu told the top security summit in Asia on Sunday that conflict with the United States would be an “unbearable disaster” but that his country sought dialogue over the confrontation.


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