China Shadows U.S. Navy Ships Crossing Taiwan Strait

US Navy destroyers have once again navigated through Taiwan Strait, prompting yet another protest from China, on Thursday.

US Navy destroyers have once again navigated through Taiwan Strait, prompting yet another protest from China, on Thursday.

“USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Dec. 31 (local time) in accordance with international law,” the US Navy said.

The US Navy maintained its position, “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”

More than a week before, Chinese authorities chased out the navy destroyer USS John S. McCain as it sailed through the disputed Spratly Islands.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said, “The US naval vessels’ provocative actions are sending erroneous signals to the “Taiwan independence” forces, seriously damaging the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and China firmly opposes it.”

US warships have transited through the Taiwan Strait for the second time this month.


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