China-US war of words: Is Taiwan Strait international waters?

China has recently begun a campaign to reject the idea that the strait can be considered ‘international waters’. A look at what’s behind this push.

US warships had passed through the Taiwan Strait 38 times since 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Since China's military reiterated that it would not hesitate to start a war over Taiwan, Beijing and Washington have been wrangling over the international positioning of the Taiwan Strait, and whether it is considered international waters.

This may seem like a squabble over semantics and concepts, but it is in fact Beijing showing its hand to Washington, increasing the likelihood of skirmishes between China and the United States in the Taiwan Strait.

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