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U.S. sends warships through the Taiwan Strait

U.S. to send trade delegation to China

U.S. won’t sent ships to China’s naval celebration

U.S. sends warships through the Taiwan Strait

On Sunday, April 28, the U.S. military sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait. According to the U.S. navy’s seventh fleet spokesman, Commander Clay Doss, “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The U.S. isn’t the only country to send ships through the Strait recently. This past Wednesday, April 24, a French warship passed through the Strait, which Beijing claimed was illegal.In response, China withdrew its PLA Navy anniversary invitation to the French warship. Sources indicate that Beijing feels France was encouraged to send its warship by the U.S.

Following France’s actions on Wednesday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday, April 25, stated that the Taiwan Strait is international waters, meaning all types of vessels pass through it regularly. Nevertheless, it is likely that Taiwan will view the U.S. navy’s action as a show of support from the Trump administration, coming during a time where tensions between Beijing and Taipei are increasing. Tensions between Washington and Beijing are similarly high, due to friction caused by the trade war, increased military spending in both the U.S. and China, and China’s military excursions in the South China Sea.

Read More:

South China Morning Post- United States sends two warships through Taiwan Strait The Epoch Times – Two US Navy Warships Sail Through Strategic Taiwan Strait Despite China Opposition
Military – US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait, Defense Ministry Says
Reuters – Two U.S. Navy warships sail through strategic Taiwan Strait


U.S. to send trade delegation to China

The White House has announced that it will be sending a trade delegation to Beijing for trade talks on April 30. U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at this time. In return, Beijing will be sending its own trade delegation on May 8.

Earlier this month,President Xi Jinping communicated via Vice Premier Liu to President Trump that substantial progress had been made on key trade issues.

According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, the topics for the April 30 discussion will include intellectual property protection, agriculture, and enforcement.

Read More:

Voice of America – US Negotiators to Visit China Next Week for New Round of Trade Talks 
Bloomberg – U.S., China Officials to Resume Trade Talks April 30 in Beijing


According to the Pentagon, U.S. Navy ships will not be participating in the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) this April 22 to 25. Instead, the U.S. Embassy’s defense attaché in Beijing will be representing the United States. Over 60 countries are expected to send naval delegations to the event, including several US allies such as Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn stated,  “The United States Navy will continue to engage the PLAN through established military-to-military dialogues, such as the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement working groups and Rules of Behavior discussions.”

The decision follows a period of increased tension between the United States and China over Taiwan, the South China Sea, and the current trade war.

Read More:

UPI – China’s 70th anniversary naval celebration won’t include U.S. ships
Business Insider – The US is passing on sending ships to the Chinese navy’s big 70th anniversary parade in an apparent snub

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