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4/8, 12:50 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US threatening peace, stability in Taiwan Strait - China

China sees United States Navy warship USS John S. McCain's transit through the Taiwan Strait yesterday as a provocation and a move that threatens peace and stability in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (pictured) said on Thursday.

To illustrate Beijing's point, Zhao compared the latest developments in the Taiwan Strait to a hypothetical transit of a Chinese military vessel through the Gulf of Mexico for a public demonstration of power.

US Navy Seventh Fleet stated yesterday its move showed the US is committed "to a free and open Indo-Pacific."

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