“The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”
But China denounced the US Navy for “disrupting” peace in the contested waters.
A spokesman for China’s Eastern Theatre Command said: “The US actions sends the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, deliberately disrupting the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
China’s stance toward its neighbour has become increasingly aggressive and its rhetoric is ever more belligerent.
In April, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng insisted that Beijing “will never allow Taiwan to be independent.”
Retired Major General and Liberal Senator Jim Dolan pointed out that Washington is “not convinced” that it could win any such military clash and that Australia could face “collateral attacks” from Beijing.
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