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China Alarms US With Private Warnings to Avoid Taiwan Strait

  • China officials dispute strait is international waters: person
  • Defense chiefs clashed over Taiwan at Singapore security forum
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Chinese military officials in recent months have repeatedly asserted that the Taiwan Strait isn’t international waters during meetings with US counterparts, according to a person familiar with the situation, generating concern within the Biden administration. 

The statement disputing the US view of international law has been delivered to the American government by Chinese officials on multiple occasions and at multiple levels, the person said. The US and key allies say much of the strait constitutes international waters, and they routinely send naval vessels through the waterway as part of freedom of navigation exercises.