United States aircraft carrier was not directed through Taiwan Strait: US naval chief Richardson

The United States naval operation chief has said on Friday, the US naval has not performed any aircraft carrier movement through the Taiwan Strait, where Chinese military technology advances pose a greater threat to the US warships than ever before.

Last year, Washington has set its ships three times through the strategic waterways as it makes frequent transits of the Taiwan Strait but has not dispatched a carrier since last ten years.

During that course of time, China has developed advanced military technologies with missiles designed in order to detect and strike enemy warships.

According to Reuters news reports, when asked if Chinese advance technologies pose a huge threat, Admiral John Richardson told reporters, “We don’t really see any kind of limitation on whatever type of ship could pass through those waters.”

He said, “We see the Taiwan Strait as another (stretch of) international waters, so that’s why we do the transits.”

Aircraft carriers which are equipped with around 80 aircraft along with 5,000 crew members are key to the US military’s ability to perform power globally.

A US official told Reuters on Tuesday, the US was closely watching intentions of China towards Taiwan as advanced military technologies have given Beijing a great capability to occupy islands which it considers a breakaway province.

In a report, the US defence intelligence agency termed Taiwan as the “primary driver” for Chinese military modernization.

“We have made this very clear that this was an excursion, a departure from the normal adherence to those rules and we would hope that behavior in the future would be much more consistent,” Richardson said.

“We should not see each other as a threatening presence in these waters.”

China, which claims almost all of the strategic waterway, says its intentions are peaceful. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam have competing claims.

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