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In February, a destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, the USS Stethem, and a dry cargo ship of the Lewis and Clark class, the USNS César Chávez, sailed across the Taiwan Strait.
The United States has sent the USS Curtis Wilbur naval destroyer and the Bertholf Coast Guard cutter across the Taiwan Strait, according to CNN.
The Seventh Fleet of the US Navy UU He said in a statement that the ships “carried out a routine transit of the Taiwan Strait [from] 24 to 25 March (local time) in accordance with international law.”
“The transit of ships across the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States to a free and open Indo-Pacific”, Cdr. Clay Doss, said a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet of the Navy, quoted by CNN.
The passage of American warships takes place amid ongoing tensions between Washington and Beijing. The two are currently engaged in the negotiation process of a commercial agreement.
Meanwhile, the United States Navy continues to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, which the Chinese authorities consider a provocation.
The strait divides Taiwan from mainland China. Beijing believes that Taiwan is part of a united China. The relations between the two were cut in 1949 after the remains of Chiang Kai-shek’s forces fled to the island after their defeat on the mainland. The relationships were partially restored in the 1980s.
Source: ES News-Front