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The Daily Brief: China States that US Warship Transit in the Taiwan Strait Threatens Peace

China announces their strong opposition to the United States’ continuous presence in the Taiwan Strait.

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Summary:

  • The United States sent the USS Kidd guided-missile destroyer and coast guard cutter Munro through the Taiwan Strait Friday.
  • The move was taken poorly by China who claims the self-governing island of Taiwan stating that the act shows that the US is the “biggest threat to peace and stability and creator of security risks in the 160-km (100-mile) wide Taiwan Strait.”
  • The United States responded by claiming the ships’ transit was “lawful” and necessary to demonstrate the US’s “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
  • China claims Taiwan as an inseparable part of itself despite spiked military tensions between the areas for the past two years.
  • While the US does not maintain any formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan they are their biggest military equipment supplier and have a representative office in Taipei, the island’s capital.
  • The destroyer’s passage through the Taiwan Strait was not the first as the US has routinely sent vessels through the region for the past few months.
  • China heavily condemns and opposes what they see as provocative acts from the US and maintains that they believe issues between Taiwan and China are internal affairs that do not require foreign intervention.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us-warship-transits-taiwan-strait-after-chinese-assault-drills-2021-08-27/

https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2021/8/28/china-condemns-us-warship-transit-of-taiwan-strait

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  • The unvaccinated teacher began feeling symptoms on May 19, yet continued to work for two days until her coronavirus test on May 21. 
  • The outbreak affected 27 people total including five adults and 22 students or siblings.
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  • A tropical storm has recently brushed up against Mexico’s pacific coast and Baja California. 
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