US destroyer sails through Taiwan Strait, provoking China

SinoDaily.com reports: “A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait in what the American military described as a ‘routine’ passage Wednesday, but enraging China, which claims sovereignty over the island and surrounding seas.

Ties between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated in recent months, over issues including trade and Hong Kong, with the self-ruled island of Taiwan a long-running source of tension.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry passed through the Strait on October 14, according to a statement by the US Pacific Fleet.

‘The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,’ the statement said.

‘The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,’ it added…”

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