Beijing has repeatedly stated that this maritime area is part of its territorial waters, in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Taiwanese authorities rejected on Tuesday China’s assertions about its sovereign rights in the Taiwan Strait.
The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taipei, Joanne Ou, described Beijing’s claims as “absurd”, which maintains that this sea route, which separates the island from the mainland of the Asian giant, it is not made up of international waters but is an exclusive economic zone of China.
“The Taiwan Strait is a waterway international maritime shipping, which is outside our territorial waters, and is suitable for exercising the principle of freedom of navigation in the open sea,” said the minister, cited by South China Morning Post, and stated that Taipei respects any movement of foreign vessels in the area.”We fully understand and support the freedom of navigation missions of USA, which help promote peace and stability in the region,” Ou added.
The spokeswoman made the remarks a day after the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is Chinese, Wang Wenbin, will assert that the Taiwan Strait is within Chinese territorial waters, as defined by the Convention Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and national legislation. “There is no such thing as ‘international waters’ in UNCLOS,” he emphasized.
In this way, he reiterated that Beijing has sovereign and administrative rights over the strait, thus denying the claims of the United States that the channel is “international waters” .
The strait that separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland has been seen as a possible source of international tension. The United States, which is not a signatory to UNCLOS, maintains a military presence of warships and warplanes in the area. In addition, the US Army regularly sends its ships near Chinese-controlled islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea.