China has accused the United States of "provocation" after warships from the two countries almost collided in the Taiwan Strait, Euronews
China’s defence minister on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of ‘provocation’ and trying to destabilise the region, just hours after warships from the two countries were involved in a near collision.
Beijing defended the move by its naval vessel which cut sharply across the path of a US destroyer in the Taiwan Strait last Saturday, forcing the American ship to slow down to avoid a collision.
"It was the United States that provoked and stirred up trouble first. China followed up and handled this issue in accordance with the relevant law and regulations," Foreign Spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
On Monday, Washington released a video of the incident, describing it as an “unsafe” action which its Indo-Pacific Command said violated maritime rules of safe passage in international waters.
The American destroyer USS Chung-Hoon and Canadian frigate HMCS Montreal were conducting a so-called “freedom of navigation” transit of the strait between Taiwan and mainland China at the time of the incident.
The Chinese ship did not attempt a similar manoeuvre on the Canadian frigate, which was sailing behind the American destroyer.