Taiwan is a hot-button issue in U.S.-China bilateral relations.
China has always regarded Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and has said it is ready to use force if necessary.
The U.S. is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with
Taiwan and provide the island with modern equipment. China has warned that its relations with the United States “will be broken if the Taiwan issue is not properly handled.”
Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait for the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island earlier this month.