Clearly, the Trump Administration has no intention of keeping a low profile on the international stage until Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. Indeed, in quick succession, American destroyers went to challenge Beijing by transiting through maritime zones claimed by China, on legal bases incompatible with international law, according to Washington. These events naturally provoked exacerbated reactions from the Chinese authorities, showing that the tensions between the two world economic and military giants are today at the highest.
On December 19, 2020, the American destroyer USS Mustin, an Arleigh Burke-class ship, thus crossed the Taiwan pass, without having previously notified Beijing. However, for the Chinese authorities, this arm of the sea belongs to the People's Republic of China, since the island of Taiwan is also considered to be part of the country, even if it is in the hands of secessionists, according to their reading. do. Naturally, for Taipei, the reading is quite different, the two countries are distinct and the island of Taiwan is by no means a secessionist province of the People's Republic of China. Until recently, the Taiwan Strait was de facto separated by a median line separating the waters under Beijing control and those under Taipei control. But following the resurgence of tension this summer between the two countries, Chinese authorities have announced that they no longer take this line of demarcation into consideration.
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