“USS Higgins Joins Canadian Warship to Transit Taiwan Strait. USS Higgins (DDG-76) conducted a Taiwan Strait transit on Tuesday, the Navy announced. Higgins performed the transit in cooperation with Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver (FFH-331), according to a Tuesday Navy news release. The strait transit was done outside of any territorial waters, Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a Tuesday press briefing. Higgins and Vancouver conducted a routine transit “in accordance with international law,” according to the Navy release. “Higgins’ and Vancouver’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to the release. “Cooperation like this represents the centerpiece of our approach to a secure and prosperous region.”
But seriously: how many times does the President of the United States of America have to say, in plain words, again and again that the Chinese communists are not allowed to militarily annex Taiwan before these words are not branded as “gaffes”?
American academia, think tanks, press, and officialdom and their incessant fuss-potting and The Twitters meltdowns notwithstanding, they were never “gaffes” — The President of the United States of America and leader of the greatest global naval empire in world history has spoken. AEGIS destroyer with Canadian frigate – accompanied by Taiwanese navy and coast guard? – as exclamation marks. Let’s hope the Japanese Navy will appear soon. My heartfelt congratulations to divisive and controversial ultranationalist dictator Xi Jinping for getting even the most dovish Canadians to sail their warships through the Taiwan Strait. Xi’s parents must be so proud, even Chairman Mao didn’t manage to unite the global democracies thusly. 23.9.2022
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