U.S. Navy checks China, establishes new norm for Taiwan Strait

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale. / U.S. Navy photo

 

There is no more volatile and sensitive an issue for Beijing than the U.S. military presence in the Taiwan Strait which China considers its own dominance area.

Yet the U.S. Navy for the first time since 1969 has re-established its routine presence in the 100-mile wide strategic choke-point, much to China’s frustration. Continue reading