- China finds the U.S is aiming its military ships at them.
- U.S navy destroyer USS Mustin recently conducted close-in observation of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning.
- The ship was then warned to leave and a formal protest was filed with the U.S.
- Activity by U.S. military ships was up 20% and by planes 40% in Chinese-claimed areas.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Defense Ministry on Thursday reported that activity by U.S. military ships and surveillance planes directed at China has increased significantly under President Joe Biden’s administration.
Wu Qian reportedly mentioned that it found the U.S Navy destroyer USS Mustin had conducted close-in observation of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its battle group. The ship was then immediately warned to leave and a formal protest was filed with the U.S.
According to Wu, activity by U.S. military ships was up 20% and by planes 40% in Chinese-claimed areas since Biden took office in January over the same period last year.
Wu also mentioned about the country’s moves to boost monitoring of Chinese aircraft movements by Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy claimed by China as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary.
Reports suggest that the U.S. maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan in deference to Beijing, but provides the island with defensive weapons and is legally bound to treat threats to it as matters of “grave concern.”