US announces military activity near Taiwan — RT World News

Chinese drills won’t deter the US Navy from working within the space, the White House mentioned

US Navy ships and planes will transit the Taiwan Strait within the subsequent two weeks, the White House introduced on Thursday. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby condemned Chinese military drills within the space and mentioned the Pentagon had ordered the plane service USS Ronald Reagan and her escorts to stay near Taiwan to “monitor the situation.”

The Reagan and her accompanying ships are primarily based in Japan and have been deployed to the East China Sea in latest days, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid a go to to Taipei towards Chinese objections. Beijing has responded to Pelosi’s go to by launching in depth drills round Taiwan and firing a dozen missiles throughout the island.

Amid heightened tensions, US President Joe Biden determined it might be “prudent” to order the US plane service strike group to remain within the space “for a little bit longer than they were originally planned,” in response to Kirby. The spokesman additionally condemned the Chinese missile checks as “irresponsible” and “at odds with our longstanding goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan strait and in the region.”

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“We will not be deterred from operating in the seas and the skies of the Western Pacific, consistent with international law, as we have for decades, supporting Taiwan and defending a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he mentioned.

As a part of that effort, the US will “conduct standard air and maritime transits through the Taiwan strait in the next two weeks,” Kirby added.

The White House additionally confirmed earlier reporting that the US Air Force had postponed a scheduled check of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), however Kirby insisted that the check will occur within the near future and that the US nuclear deterrent was “safe, secure and effective.”

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