Following the entry of the U.S. Navy’s powerful destroyer the USS Curtis Wilbur into the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military accused the United States of destabilizing regional peace.  

The Navy said was in accordance with international law and obeyed routine trajectories, according to the statement issued by the 7th Fleet on Feb. 24. 

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the document emphasized. 

It added, “The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”

The situation in the area remains very tense, because of the CCP’s claim to annex the large island and its 24 million inhabitants, using violence since they do not accept it voluntarily. 

The entry of the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur into the Taiwan Strait followed a threatening display of air power by the CCP’s air force, with 10 fighter jets practicing sea attack exercises in the nearby South China Sea, according to Fox News. 

The United States is a staunch ally of Taiwan’s independence, which has its own democratic system and a self-sufficient and prosperous economy.  

Nevertheless, the risk of a CCP invasion remains latent, much to the disquiet of the Taiwanese government. 

According to the opinion of a former U.S. Navy official, more anti-ship missiles and a larger number of dispersed forces would be required to stop the invasion of Taiwan by the CCP.

These assessments were made by former U.S. Navy submarine commander Thomas Shugart before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission of Congress on Feb. 18, according to Defense News. 

For Shugart one of the tactics the CCP could implement in the event of an invasion of Taiwan would be a siege and blockade of sorts, which would require stockpiling essential supplies in Taiwan to support its population.

The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with the CCP since 1979, which does not preclude it from maintaining unofficial friendly relations with Taiwan and providing defensive weaponry to deter any attack on the island.