By Sakshi Tiwari September 21, 2022
In June this year, the Canadian government expressed serious concerns over the Chinese PLA Air Force’s ‘dangerous maneuvers’ in the Indo-Pacific region. Months later, the tussle between Canada and China has resurfaced.
The Eastern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that the Chinese air force and navy monitored Canadian and US warships as they passed through the Taiwan Strait on 20 September.
The HMCS Vancouver, a frigate of the Halifax class, and USS Higgins, a guided-missile destroyer of the Arleigh Burke-class, sailed through the Taiwan Strait according to the command. The move was denounced as provocative by Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theatre Command.
“The troops of the PLA Eastern Theatre Command are on high alert at all times to resolutely counter any threat and provocation and safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the command said in a statement.