Chinese warship passed in ‘unsafe manner’ near destroyer in Taiwan Strait

  • A Chinese warship came within 150 yards of a U.S. destroyer in the Taiwan Strait in “an unsafe manner,” U.S. military officials said, as China blamed the United States for “deliberately provoking risk” in the region.
  • U.S. and Canadian navies on 3 Jun were conducting a joint exercise in the strait, which separates the island of Taiwan and China, when the Chinese ship cut in front of the U.S. guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon forcing it to slow down to avoid a collision, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.
  • China’s military rebuked the United States and Canada for “deliberately provoking risk” after the countries’ navies staged a rare joint sailing through the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
  • The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the Chung-Hoon and Canada’s Montreal were conducting a “routine” transit of the strait when the Chinese ship cut in front of the American vessel.
  • The Chinese ship’s “closest point of approach was 150 yards and its actions violated the maritime ‘Rules of the Road’ of safe passage in international waters,” the U.S. command said.
  • White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a pre-recorded interview that aired on CNN on Sunday that the U.S. is seeking to maintain the “stable, cross-strait dynamic” between China and Taiwan and avoid a conflict “that would end up cratering the global economy.”

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