US warship sails through Taiwan Strait days after China drills

SpaceWar.com reports: “A US warship sailed through the waters separating Taiwan and mainland China, the US Navy said, days after Beijing staged war games around the self-ruled island.

Led by the United States, multiple Western navies regularly conduct ‘freedom of navigation operations’ to assert the international status of regional waterways such as the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea.

The USS Milius guided-missile destroyer ‘conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit April 16 (local time) through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law’, the US Navy said in a statement.

‘The ship transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State.’

This was the first such US operation through the waterway since January…”

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