British Warship Makes a Rare Passage of Taiwan Strait

A British warship transited the Taiwan Strait as China continues its military pressure upon Taiwan. The Royal Navy’s HMS Richmond announced on Twitter its latest whereabouts on Sept. 27. “After a busy period working with partners and allies in the East China Sea,” it said, “we are now en route through the Taiwan Strait to visit Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Navy.” The brief post drew a rebuke from the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command the same day. The spokesperson for the command, Shi Yi, criticized the passage on its official WeChat account as a “public hype-up,” saying the UK “just validated its existence.” He said the command forces would maintain a high degree of alert, vowing to “counteract any threat or provocation.” For years the Chinese communist regime has claimed Taiwan as part of its territory. However, the communist regime has never held rule over Taiwan. Moreover, Beijing has threatened to use force to …

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