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President Biden’s signal to China when sending warships to the East Sea

President Biden's signal to China when sending warships to the East Sea 0
President Biden's signal to China when sending warships to the East Sea 0

(Dan Tri) – New US President Joe Biden seems to have sent a tough signal to China when implementing activities in the East Sea and Taiwan in recent days.

An officer on the destroyer USS John S. McCain observed another ship as the US ship approached Vietnam’s Paracel Islands on February 5.

According to Japan Times, President¬†Joe Biden sent a message to China: Don’t expect the US to reduce any military activities in the East Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

The US Navy announced that the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain’s activities in the East Sea on February 5 `affirmed freedom and navigation rights` near the Paracel Islands, and at the same time `challenged

China’s Ministry of National Defense said it had `mobilized naval and air forces to track, monitor and warn` US warships.

The day before, the destroyer John S. McCain also passed through the¬†Taiwan Strait, a move the US Navy said was intended to demonstrate America’s `commitment to a free Indo-Pacific region

The above moves by the US show that the Biden administration may continue to maintain some strategies implemented by the previous administration.

During Mr. Trump’s term, the US Navy also sent warships to the Taiwan Strait at least 15 times in 2020 – a level unprecedented in recent years as Beijing increased military pressure on Taiwan.

China has always considered Taiwan an inseparable territory and is ready to annex it at any cost, including using force.

According to SCMP, the activities of US warships on February 4 and February 5 took place after 13 Chinese military aircraft, including bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, carried out the attack.

China blatantly claims sovereignty over 90% of the East Sea area, despite opposition from regional countries and the international community.

The US and Japan are concerned that islands held by China in the South China Sea, some of which are equipped with modern weapons and military airports, could be used to impede free movement.

Signal sent to China

President Biden's signal to China when sending warships to the East Sea

An officer on the destroyer USS John S. McCain observed another ship as the US ship approached Vietnam’s Paracel Islands on February 5.

Collin Koh, a researcher and maritime security expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said that recent US activities seem to be aimed at sending signals to China, as well as its allies.

`These campaigns reinforce the Biden administration’s previous public statements about dealing with China, especially when Beijing engages in coercive behavior in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea,` Mr. Koh said

These activities also aim to reassure US allies and partners of Washington’s commitment to the region.

`US military activities should also be seen in the light of previous statements in Washington that contentious issues with China, such as the South China Sea, will not be bartered for cooperation.`

In the context of China’s increasingly tough moves, concerns about the risk of sudden military conflict in the East Sea or misjudgment of the Taiwan situation are increasing.

US and Chinese ships regularly operate in the East Sea and have nearly collided many times.

Although it has only been in office for more than two weeks, the Biden administration has voiced support for Taiwan, criticized Beijing for `seeking to intimidate its neighbors`, and called the US relationship with Taiwan `solid`.

An editorial published in the China Daily newspaper on February 4 warned Washington that on the Taiwan issue, Beijing will `never allow the limit to be exceeded`.

`Any attempt to challenge China’s red line on the Taiwan issue, as the previous (US) administration did, will not only cause serious damage to US-China relations but also escalate the situation.`

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