FAST FIVE: US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait As Virus Blame-Game Escalates

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#DDG85 #NavyReadiness – US Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) March 25, 2020 Taiwan's armed forces said in a statement that the US warship sailed through the region on an “ordinary mission,” indicating that there was no need for alarm, reported Reuters.  The transit comes at a time when President Trump has repeatedly called COVID-19, the “Chinese virus,” as social distancing and mass quarantines have led to the collapse of not just China's economy but a depression that will likely unfold in the US in the second quarter.  Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet, said the USS McCampbell conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit on March 25 (local time) in accordance with international law.”  “The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” Junco said.

The cross-Strait relations between China and Taiwan could be heating up again.

China slammed the US on Thursday for its latest stunt in the region.  Ren Guoqiang, the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, said the “US's recent actions concerning Taiwan, such as dispatching warships across the Taiwan Strait and passing of the TAIPEI Act, were tantamount to interference in China's internal affairs and undermined cross-strait peace and stability.” “The Chinese armed forces have firm will, full confidence and sufficient capability to thwart any form of separatist acts and will take all necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Guoqiang said.

China's economy crashed, the world is swamped in a pandemic, Trump is increasingly calling COVID-19, the “Chinese flu,” is the next move military conflict?  Tyler Durden Fri, 03/27/2020 – 01:00.

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