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Two US warships transit through Taiwan Strait

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In this handout image courtesy of the US Navy taken on August 27, 2021 the AI Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) transits the Taiwan Strait during a routine transit. Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on August 28, 2022 (Photo: US NAVY / AFP)
WASHINGTON, DC — Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the US navy said, the first such transit since China staged unprecedented military drills around the island.

In a statement, the navy said the transit “demonstrates the US’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Tensions in the Taiwan Strait soared to their highest level in years this month after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei.

Beijing reacted furiously, staging days of air and sea exercises around the self-ruled island.

Taiwan lives under constant threat of an invasion by China, which claims the democracy as part of its territory to be seized one day — by force if necessary.

Washington diplomatically recognizes Beijing over Taipei, but maintains de facto relations with Taiwan and supports the island’s right to decide its future. اضافة اعلان

 

 

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