U.S. Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait Emphasising Freedom Of Navigation
U.S. warship again sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, part of what the Western community calls securing freedom in the Indo-Pacific.
The U.S. Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” through international waters in accordance with international law.
The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows, it added.
Last month, Communist China's military condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region.
Beijing has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone over last three years, heightening Taipei's concerns.
The United States like most countries has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan but is its most important international backer and arms supplier.