‘Unsafe’ action by China near American ship in Taiwan Strait: US

A Chinese Navy ship displayed “unsafe maneuvers” near a US destroyer in the Taiwan Strait, marking the second close encounter between American and Chinese military assets in less than 10 days. The US military criticized China’s actions and emphasized its commitment to operating safely and responsibly within international law. China, on the other hand, accused the US of provocation and interference in its sovereignty and security.

Taiwan president makes tour stop in Belize after Honduras setback

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Belize to strengthen relations, following Honduras switching ties to Beijing. Tsai was welcomed with military honours and is expected to meet with Prime Minister John Briceno to reaffirm bilateral ties. Guatemala, which Tsai visited before Belize, has vowed to maintain “recognition of the sovereignty” of Taiwan. China views Taiwan as part of its territory and does not allow other countries to recognize both Beijing and Taipei.