Chinese Foreign Ministry: the United States must correct its mistakes and stop provocations in the Taiwan Strait strait. This was stated by the official representative of the PRC Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian, commenting on the next passage of the Arleigh Burke-type missile destroyer, USS Milius (DDG 69) through the strait, RIA Novosti reports.
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The diplomat called on Washington to stop “playing with fire every month” and focus on maintaining peace and stability in the region. He noted that under the pretext of protecting shipping, the United States is engaged in a demonstration of force.
Relations between the United States and China have escalated amid competition in the South China Sea. Beijing claims that a significant part of the international waters in the Asia-Pacific region belongs to the PRC. These are disputed maritime areas in Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and others.
On August 30, China's Maritime Security Administration announced that all foreign ships are required to report their whereabouts when entering “Chinese” territorial waters. Now foreign ships are required to report their callsign to the Chinese administration, as well as transmit information about the transported goods.