After Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi listed Beijing's demands for a reset of U.S.-China relations, former Trump administration adviser Miles Yu called the remarks "inappropriate" and "illogical."
One of the men held is a blogger with 2.5 million followers on social media site Weibo, which has suspended his accounts for a year.
Chinese military experts told state TV that the Taiwanese government's "collusion" with Washington would only lead to more aggression from Beijing.
The theater in the city of Dongyang, eastern China, had been open for just six days before Wednesday's incident.
USS Russell's deployment to the contested waters is the second freedom of navigation operation in the region since Joe Biden took office.
Nearly 100 People's Liberation Army aircraft have flown into Taiwan's air defense identification zone since the new year, according to Newsweek's analysis of publicly available data.
Chen Shih-chung said Taipei was on the verge of signing a deal with German vaccine developer BioNTech when the company pulled the plug at the last minute in December.
Writing in Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd stressed the importance of a competitive framework between Washington and Beijing.
It was the first time an armed Chinese coast guard vessel had been sent into the waters of the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands since Beijing enacted its controversial Coast Guard Law earlier this month.
The settlement, belonging to the Wa people of southwestern China, caught fire on Sunday, with authorities reporting no casualties so far.
Leader said warming U.S.-Taiwan relations were not affected by the presidential transition in Washington.
Increasingly clear signals have been sent back and forth between Washington and Beijing, with China's tightly controlled state media now calling on President Joe Biden to make the first move.
The enactment of China's new Coast Guard Law earlier this month has also raised concerns among regional leaders about a possible accidental conflict.
Bryce Barros, a member of the Black China Caucus, said Beijing is still failing to read the room.
USS John S. McCain, which was last seen in the Taiwan Strait on New Year's Eve, sailed through the channel for a "routine" transit on Thursday local time, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.
The former secretary of state reiterated Trump administration concerns relating to a wide range of Chinese policies after a Communist Party official called him a "rat" on Monday.
In a virtual address to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi urged President Biden to avoid the "misguided policies" of the Trump Era.
A Taiwan Air Force spokesperson told Newsweek it started publishing U.S. aircraft activity near the island in order to make developments in the Taiwan Strait "more transparent."
China previously suggested it would not work with President Biden on climate unless the U.S. backs down from Beijing's domestic politics.
The emergence in Congress of a bipartisan view of China as a serious threat to American interests may see the Biden administration take an equally tough stance on Beijing's policies.
The veteran diplomat, who joined the service in 1982, said she regretted having been associated with the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute because of her 2019 speech in Georgia.
The Chinese defense ministry also called on President Joe Biden to reset U.S.-China relations after "grave difficulties" under the Trump administration.
The call between Blinken and his counterpart in Manila comes in the wake of the Philippines' filing of a diplomatic complaint against a new Chinese coast guard law.
The Chinese leader's pointed speech, which many took as a veiled message for President Joe Biden, included the line: "The strong should not bully the weak."
Once buoyant about the chances of a thaw in relations, China's state media is now warning of a "long winter" ahead for ties with Washington.
In its first press conference since large groups of Chinese warplanes alarmed Taiwan's defenses over the weekend, Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office said the moves were warnings for Taipei and the U.S.
Beijing may be using military pressure on Taiwan in order to bring the United States to the table for de-escalation talks, a defense analyst said Tuesday.
In a 20-minute virtual address to leaders attending the World Economic Forum, the Chinese leader warned against forming "cliques" and the start of a "new Cold War."
Hundreds of thousands living in a key Beijing district have undergone antibody tests, as well as throat, nasal and anal swabs as the Chinese capital attempts to halt its second wave.
Prominent Communist Party-owned outlets like China's nationalist tabloid "Global Times" saw 31 percent fewer likes following the roll-out of Twitter's labeling policy, the China Media Project found.