The USS Chung-Hoon is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer serving in the United States Navy (USN). It recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait, which has raised tensions with China.
US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait:
- On January 5, the USS Chung-Hoon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait as part of what the US military calls a routine activity.
- However, this has angered China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory and has objections to its democratically elected government. In response, Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for China's embassy in Washington, stated that China firmly opposes the move and called on the US to "immediately stop provoking troubles, escalating tensions and undermining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."
- Taiwan's Defense Ministry reported that the ship sailed in a northerly direction through the strait and that its forces monitored the passage and observed nothing out of the ordinary.
China-US Tensions in the South China Sea:
- In addition to the tensions in the Taiwan Strait, there have also been recent tensions in the South China Sea. In December, a Chinese military plane came within 10 feet of a US air force aircraft and forced it to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision in international airspace.
- The US has described this incident as a trend of increasingly dangerous behavior by Chinese military aircraft.
The Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea are areas of ongoing military tensions between China and the US. The sailing of the USS Chung-Hoon through the Taiwan Strait and the close encounter between Chinese and US military aircraft in the South China Sea have added to these tensions.
Written by IAS POINT