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China 'paid close attention' to US warships passing Taiwan Straits

Global Times

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/29 21:01:24

China has paid close attention to US warships passing through the Taiwan Straits, and has made representations to the US side, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks at a routine press conference on Monday, in response to questions that the Pentagon had sent two warships through the region on Sunday.

The two ships were identified as the USS William P. Lawrence and USS Stethem, Reuters reported on Monday. Both ships are US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

This is the fourth time the US has sent warships through the Taiwan Straits in the past four months.

US ships sailed through the region in March, February and January, once every month.

On March 24, the US sailed a destroyer and a US Coast Guard cutter through the Straits, media reported.

The Taiwan question is the most important and most sensitive question in China-US relations, Geng said.

"We urge the US side to abide by the one-China principle and three China-US joint communiqués, and to handle the Taiwan-related question properly and cautiously, so as not to damage China-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits," Geng noted.

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