US warship transits the sensitive Taiwan Strait again

The US Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine transit through the Taiwan Strait” through international waters in accordance with international law.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, navigates and operates anywhere that international law allows,” he added.

There was no immediate response from China.

Last month, the Chinese 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.

China claims that Taiwan ruled democratically as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions in the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for the past year, sparking anger in Taipei.

The United States, like most countries, does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but it is its most important international arms supplier and sponsor.

Beijing calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with Washington.

US Navy ships have been passing through the strait about once a month, much to the annoyance of Beijing. US allies occasionally send ships across the strait as well, including Britain in September.

Reference-www.cnn.com

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