After China sent its aircraft-carrying cruiser to the shores of Taiwan, the United States took a similar step. The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is currently four hundred miles from Taiwan.
The Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong is now in the same area, the departure of which was announced the day before by the maritime safety department of the eastern province of China's Fujian. As explained in the department, the reason for the start of patrols of the central and northern parts of the Taiwan Strait of the Chinese Navy was the meeting of the speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy with the head of the administration of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen.
It is noteworthy that the Taiwanese authorities do not link the approach of an American aircraft carrier to the coast of the island with the start of patrols of the Taiwan Strait by a Chinese ship.
We can't tell if he came here for this, but he ended up in this place and under these circumstances, so now everything is interconnected.
Taiwanese Defense Minister Qiu Guozheng said.
He stressed that the Chinese Navy's aircraft carrier Shandong is currently located about XNUMX nautical miles east of Taiwan's southernmost point. At the same time, aircraft takeoffs from its deck have not yet been recorded.
Recall that China has repeatedly expressed concern about the frequent meetings of Taiwanese officials with American officials.