A missile destroyer from the United States sailed through the sensitive strait between Taiwan and China for the second time in a month.

A US warship sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in a month.Taiwanese and US military said Friday amid intense tensions between Taiwan and China and when a Chinese aircraft carrier passed near the island.

China, which considers Taiwan as his, he has been angered by the greater support of the Trump administration to the islandsuch as more arms sales, nearby American patrols, and a visit to Washington from the vice president-elect William Lai in February. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the US warship had transited the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from its giant neighbor China in a southerly direction. and that he was still sailing in the same direction.

Taiwan’s armed forces monitored the ship, which it described as a “ordinary mission“Added the ministry, without providing further details.

The lieutenant Anthony Junco, a spokesperson for the Seventh Fleet of the United States, identified the ship involved as the missile destroyer USS Barry, and said that he had made a “routine transit of the Taiwan Strait”In accordance with international law.

The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Straits demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, navigate and operate where permitted by international law.“, said. Two weeks ago the USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, also sailed through the strait, the same day that Chinese fighter jets flew over waters near the democratically governed island.

Taiwan He said Thursday that a group of Chinese aircraft carriers had sailed south through the Bashi Channel which is between Taiwan and Philippines and was heading east. The group of operators earlier this month sailed down the east coast of Taiwan. China said at the time that it was heading for routine exercises in the disputed South China Sea.

China has conducted frequent drills near Taiwan in recent months, including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers near the island, in moves denounced by the Taipei government as intimidation attempts.

Coronavirus strains

Taipei has launched a series of criticisms of the World Health Organization (WHO) for its proximity to the autocratic regime in Beijing and has exposed the health authorities for its lack of reaction and complicity in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister of External relationships, David Lee, replied days ago the concepts of WHO that he had discredited his government and warned, through his spokesperson, that the body was giving in to pressure from Beijing. “It has been unable to resist inadequate political pressure from the Chinese Government and uphold professional and neutral principles to accept the full participation of TaiwanSaid Bob Chen, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry. He further added that the WHO disease report still shows Taiwan as part of China.

Since the start of the pandemic – the one that Taipei denounced from the beginning from the institution – the Taiwanese government has been neglected by the health authorities and was not allowed to participate in global panels to fight the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. “The ministry emphasizes that Taiwan’s comprehensive and robust health system, as well as its successful experience in disease prevention, make it an indispensable partner for WHO to achieve its goal of ‘health for all ’“he added Chen.

However, due to political problems, Taiwan has not been invited to WHA since 2017“Added the spokesman. Between 2009 and 2019, the Island Government requested to attend 187 WHO technical meetings, but was invited to attend only 57, a rejection rate of about 70 percentChen explained at the press conference released by Taipei times. The WHO never explained the reasons for the discrimination.

United States He also questioned WHO’s position on the pandemic, withdrew its financial support and questioned its impartiality regarding an alleged cover-up to China in the mishandling of the Wuhan outbreak last November.

(With information from Reuters)