Taiwan's top China policy planner urged Beijing Sunday not to overreact to the recent passage of two U.S. Navy vessels through the Taiwan Strait and not to blame others for its own actions that have disturbed peace and stability in the region.
The US warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday and were still in the waterway as of Saturday night, Taiwan's defense ministry reported.
Military personnel remain vigilant and are at their stations, the ministry said, adding that it is confident of its capability to maintain regional stability and protect the nation.
"US Navy ships transit between the South China Sea and East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait and have done so for many years", he told AFP.
Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting between U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce speaks and with Su Chia-chyuan, President of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018.
The Chinese government had no immediately comment. The last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to sail the area was in 2007.
The passage through the Taiwan Strait, the first such one by a U.S. Navy ship in about a year, follows a series of Chinese military drills around the island that have stoked tensions between Taipei and Beijing.
China's hostility toward Taiwan has grown since Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party won presidential elections on the island in 2016.
Beijing has also managed to deplete Taipei's diplomatic allies, luring away four since Tsai came to power and leaving it with only 18 countries worldwide that recognize it over China.
The goal is to draw a line to prevent China from damaging the regional "status quo", as Beijing attempts to challenge it, the source said.
In a move that could heighten tensions between Washington and Beijing, two US Navy destroyers have sailed through the Taiwan Strait, a US Navy official has confirmed to CNN.
The move comes as a U.S. The U.S. Navy has continued to carry out freedom of navigation passages in global waters close to those islands that have the effect of countering China's territorial claims.
The U.S. State Department has also reportedly requested the deployment of a detachment of marines to help safeguard new facilities of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto consulate in lieu of formal diplomatic ties, in Taipei. "It has reached a point where there's rising calls within the USA political and defense establishment to help Taiwan stave off this pressure". China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States. "So there'll be no rolling back by China".