Two US warships transiting the Taiwan Strait

Two US warships transiting the Taiwan Strait

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits the Philippine Sea (file).

Two American warships entered the Taiwan Strait in transit, the US Navy announced on Sunday, a first since unprecedented Chinese maneuvers near the island.

In a statement, the U.S. Navy said the passage demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Tensions in Taiwan Straits have reached their highest level in years, following the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in early August to the autonomous island.

China has carried out unprecedented land and sea military maneuvers in retaliation, and Taiwan has conducted its own drills to simulate defense against an invasion from China.

Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion from Beijing, which sees the self-governing island as part of its territory to be reconquered one day, and if necessary by force.

Beijing opposes any diplomatic action that might lend legitimacy to Taiwan and has reacted with increasing aggression to visits by Western officials and politicians.

The U.S. Seventh Fleet said the two Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers – USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville – had made a routine transit through waters where freedom of navigation and overflight is at risk. x27; applies in accordance with international standards.

She pointed out that the two ships used a corridor of the Taiwan Strait that lies beyond the territorial waters of any coastal state, adding that the US military reserves the right to operate wherever the right internationally allows it.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) claimed that the United States had made a big hype around the passage of ships through the strait.

The PLA's Eastern Theater Command tracks and warns US ships throughout their transit, and is aware of all their movements, the official said. Chinese Army Eastern Command spokesman Shi Yie.

The [eastern] theater troops remain on high alert and stand ready […] to thwart any provocation, he added.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry said in a brief statement for its part that two American cruisers had crossed the Taiwan Strait from north to south, without naming them.

On their way south through the Taiwan Strait, the military is monitoring movements in our sea and airspace […] and the situation is normal, the same source clarified.

The Seventh Fleet is based in Japan and is a vital part of Washington's naval presence in the Pacific.

On August 12, Washington announced its intention to strengthen its commercial relations with Taiwan and to carry out new air and sea crossings in the strait, in response to the provocative actions of China.

During the most important military maneuvers of its history around Taiwan, the Chinese army had, for five days, deployed warships, missiles and fighter jets, simulating a blockade of the island.

On August 16, Vice Admiral of the Seventh Fleet, Karl Thomas, called the firing of ballistic missiles over the Atlantic irresponsible. #x27;island by Beijing during its maneuvers and claimed that these shots had grazed international shipping lanes.

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