Defense ministry did not deny US Navy presence during Liaoning passage

The defense ministry did not deny the presence of a US Navy destroyer and submarine in the Taiwan Strait during the recent passage of China's aircraft carrier Liaoning through Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone.

The Liaoning entered the zone last week on its return from Hong Kong. The carrier had docked there as part of celebrations marking 20 years since the territory's return to Chinese rule.

A recent media report claimed that on July 12, a US Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a submarine were surveilling the Taiwan Strait during the Liaoning carrier group's passage. The report said the situation seemed highly political.

In response, the defense ministry did not deny the report. It responded instead that the military had the whole situation monitored at the time.

Source: Radio Taiwan International