US warship transits Taiwan Strait

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steam in formation during dual carrier operations with the Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Groups (CSG). (Photo: Wikipedia)
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A US warship sailed through the strait separating Taiwan and China on Saturday, the navy said, the second such passage this year.اضافة اعلان

The voyage through the Taiwan Strait by the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson was a routine transit, the US Seventh Fleet said.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it said in a statement.

“The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”

Taiwan’s defense ministry confirmed a US vessel was sailing through the strait, adding its military was “fully monitoring relevant activities near our sea and air, and the situation was normal”.

US warships periodically conduct exercises in the strait, often triggering angry responses from Beijing, which claims Taiwan and the surrounding waters as its own territory.

The United States and many other countries view the route as international waters open to all.

A growing number of US allies have transited the route as Beijing intensifies its military threats towards Taiwan and solidifies its control over the disputed South China Sea.

British, Canadian, French and Australian warships have all made passages through the Taiwan Strait in recent years, sparking protests from Beijing.

Collin Koh, a research fellow at Singapore’s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, keeps a database of declared US transits through the Taiwan Strait.

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