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China Warns Away US Warship After Large-Scale PLA Drills Near Taiwan

China’s military said Wednesday that it issued a formal warning to a US warship that passed through the Taiwan Strait soon after large-scale Chinese PLA military drills wound down in waters surrounding Taiwan.

The US Navy’s 7th Fleet confirmed the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal sailed through the contested strait on Tuesday in a “routine” transit and in “accordance with international law”. But China suggested the US is intent on staging “drama” to provoke “trouble” in connection with its military exercises – according to its statement.

USS Port Royal, Image: US Navy

The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command charged that Washington is now increasing the frequency of “such dramas” and is intent on stirring up “trouble, sending the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces and deliberately intensifying tensions across the Taiwan Strait,” as cited in Reuters.

After closely monitoring the US vessel, the

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