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China lodges complaint after US ships sail through Taiwan Strait

China lodges complaint after US ships sail through Taiwan Strait

The United States sailed two ships through the Taiwan Strait, Sunday, in an operation that comes as top officials from the Trump administration prepare to travel to Beijing for high-level trade talks. The Trump administration has sought to make the Taiwan Strait transits more routine, with the operations now taking place on a monthly basis. Prior to July, the transits occurred only about once a year. The  110-mile-wide strait separates China and Taiwan – it is seen as a potential geopolitical flashpoint should Beijing seek to take Taiwan by force. Beijing continues to lay claim to Taiwan, a self-governed, democratic island that China views as a breakaway province. The two have been separated since the end of a bloody civil war in 1949. While the strait constitutes international waters, China is thought to be very sensitive about the presence of US military forces there.

Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6845725/U-S-Navy-Coast-Guard-ships-pass-strategic-Taiwan-Strait.html
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