On the first weekend of the Biden presidency, China dispatched two formations of warplanes close to Taiwan, prompting the ROC Armed Forces to take defensive measures including scrambling fighter jets to monitor the Chinese flights. Then, the US Navy sent a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait on Feb. 4, 2021.
According to the US 7th Fleet, the last transit occurred on New Year's Eve when two destroyers, the McCain and the Curtis Wilbur, went through the strait. US warships transited the waterway 13 times in 2020, the most since 12 such transits in 2016, the final year of former President Barack Obama's administration. US warships transiting the Taiwan Strait are seen by Beijing as provocations.
The US showed a strong commitment to Taiwan's defense during former President Donald Trump's administration by approving the sale of sophisticated military hardware to Taipei, including F-16 fighter jets, advanced missiles and main battle tanks, while sending high-level envoys to the island. Recent statements from the Biden administration suggest there will be no pullback on these actions.
To send away quickly to a certain place or for a certain reason.
To take off very quickly.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon was scrambled to intercept a civilian aircraft.
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