Boris Johnson launches attack on Theresa May's Brexit plan in British Parliament
Germany will make sovereign decision on military spending, Maas says
Vladimir Putin says 'forces' in the United States are blocking worldwide progress
U.S. Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait
09 July 2018, 06:25 | Devin Moran
The USS Mustin
A USA official confirmed the two ships were the USS Mustin and USS Benfold.
Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Charlie Brown called the passage of the ships "a routine transit".
The transit, which comes as the US and China spar over trade and access to global waters, is the first since another American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, entered the strait last July.
In response to the announcement, Taiwan has lodged a protest with Air India and the ministry of foreign affairs and civil aviation in India and has requested that its proper name is restored, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
"The military is monitoring the situation in neighboring areas, and has the confidence and abilities to maintain regional stability and defend national security", it said in a statement late Saturday.
Beijing has staged a string of military exercises, including a live-fire drill in the Taiwan Strait in April, which it said were aimed at Taiwan's "independence forces". The move is considered the first United States naval activity in the area since July previous year.
Although the USA does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it is its most powerful ally and top arms supplier.
China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the end of the Chinese Civil War almost 70 years ago.
Beijing has also managed to deplete Taipei's diplomatic allies, luring away four since Tsai came to power and leaving it with only 18 countries worldwide that recognize it over China.
Beijing is also incensed by the recent warming relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, after Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top officials and the USA government approved a licence required to sell submarine technology to Taiwan.
The increasing engagement with Taiwan comes amid rising tensions between China and USA over the Trump administration's trade policies and accusations that China is unfairly benefiting from existing trading practices.
U.S. Marines usually guard missions in countries with which Washington has formal diplomatic ties.
At a daily briefing Monday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had "played close attention to" the passage of the ships, but declined to connect the incident to other issues affecting relations between Beijing and Washington.
Koh also said the move was unlikely to be a one-off, adding that Beijing would continue to apply pressure on Taipei.
Former Taiwan Vice President Lien Chan, of Taiwan's pro-China and former ruling Nationalist Party, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.
Prince Louis' Royal Christening
It's likely that Louis will have five godparents, as does Princess Charlotte , whereas Prince George , a future king, has seven. Bookmakers are predicting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pick friends over family for Prince Louis' godparents.
Croatia explodes with joy as team reaches World Cup semis
Croatia. "I was 14 when we won the World Cup , I was living in a pub in Maghull with my family and I remember it well". The Mirror says FA chiefs are confident Southgate will snub any big club job if he is head-hunted after the World Cup.
June Sees Employment Rates Increase 213000
Job growth was widespread across the economy with solid gains in business, health care, construction and manufacturing. Minutes of the Fed's June 12-13 policy meeting published on Thursday offered an upbeat assessment of the labor market.
People possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Johns Hopkins
The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Two percent are extensively drug-resistant, meaning they can resist almost every available antibiotic in modern use.