US. Navy ships sailed through the straits of Taiwan this week to demonstrate US military power in the region amid growing tensions between China and the island nation.
Reuters reports that Taiwan's defense ministry released a statement Thursday stating that its troops had been doing the operation to monitor "the safety of the seas and the stability of the seas."
The move is seen as supporting the government of Taiwan, which, because of its one-China policy, does not maintain full diplomatic relations with the United States. Since Beijing does not rule out the takeover of the small island by military force, when Taiwan declares its formal independence.
China also issued a statement calling on the Trump administration to follow its own "One China" policy, Reuters tells Beijing as the legitimate powerhouse in China. Taiwan's policy is similar in nature and states that the country will not pursue full diplomatic relations with nations that recognize Beijing and the People's Republic of China.
The US Navy's operation this week is the first of its kind this year. China regularly conducts its own military exercises in the region. These Chinese operations were strengthened in 201
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen made a fiery statement earlier this month declaring that the country would "never" accept the Chinese rule under the terms offered by Beijing so far.
"I would like to reiterate that Taiwan will never accept" one country, two systems. "The vast majority of Taiwanese public opinion also resolutely opposes" one country, two systems, "and this is also the consensus in Taiwan "Tsai said, adding that the Beijing officials" should face the reality of the Republic of China "about Taiwan."