The USS Curtis Wilbur (left) and the USS Antietam – ships of different classes with the same pennant number – sailed the Taiwan Strait in October. Photo: US Navy

Beijing ‘steps up naval patrols’ in Taiwan Strait in pushback at US warships

  • PLA vessels shift patrol patterns to take them closer to island
  • Beijing says reaction to US is to secure territorial sovereignty
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The USS Curtis Wilbur (left) and the USS Antietam – ships of different classes with the same pennant number – sailed the Taiwan Strait in October. Photo: US Navy
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.