Taiwan was an island nation located about 300 miles north of Luzon Island, Philippines, 100 miles off the east coast of mainland China and 350 miles from Hong Kong.
It has been owned by China, Japan, independent and now is once again the claimed property of communist China.
As you know from looking at the labels on many of the clothes and other items you own, that Taiwan has had a thriving economic manufacturing industry.
Many countries, including the United State still see Taiwan as being independent from China.
In an act of support for Taiwan and in defiance to China, the US Navy sailed a guided-missile cruise and cargo ship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from the mainland.
Fox News – US Navy dispatches destroyer, cargo ship through Taiwan Strait in message to China – The U.S. Navy dispatched a guided-missile destroyer and a cargo ship through the Taiwan Strait Monday, the latest in a series of American military maneuvers intended to send a message to Beijing that the United States will continue its support of Taiwan in the face of recent threats by the Chinese government.
The passage through the strait — shadowed by Chinese warships — comes hours after President Trump touted “substantial progress” in trade talks with China and announced plans to delay a planned tariff increase on $200 billion in Chinese goods, which had been scheduled to go into effect next week.
“USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Feb. 25 (local time), in accordance with international law,” Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told Fox News in an email. “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
He added: “The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.” …
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Japan began claiming thousands of miles of territorial waters in the western Pacific.
That aggression was part of their actions that led to World War II.
It appears that China is now trying to do the same thing as Japan did in claiming thousands of international waters as their own.
They have also claimed the bulk of the South China Sea as theirs, but the US and most other countries, deny China’s claims and have been openly defiant of China’s claims, leading some historians to believe that history will repeat itself.
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