China says it tracked a U.S. Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world's two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer.
Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson for the PLA's Eastern Theater Command, said air and sea forces were mobilized on Oct. 14, 2020, to keep tabs on the USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.
Although the Taiwan Strait is a public waterway, China is extremely sensitive to all U.S. military moves in its periphery amid heightened tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade disputes and other issues.
A ship equipped with weapons and designed to take part in warfare at sea.
An army officer rank placed between a regular colonel and a major general.
After World War II, armies in Asia, especially in the Communist sphere began establishing senior colonel ranks of their own.