Canadian warship sails through strait

World | AGENCIES 12 Sep 2019

China yesterday questioned Canada's "intentions" behind sending a warship to traverse the Taiwan Strait, amid frosty relations between Beijing and Ottawa.

The HMCS Ottawa passed through the strategic waterway in a "freedom of navigation" operation, Taiwanese authorities said, the latest such voyage by a Western navy to anger Beijing.

Beijing views any passing through the narrow channel separating Taiwan and China as a breach of its sovereignty, while the United States and others see the route as international space.

"We hope that Canada will demonstrate its respect for China's sovereignty and security through practical actions," a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Canada said sailing through the strait is "the most practical route" between South Korea's Pyeongtaek and Thai capital Bangkok.

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