The US Navy has dispatched two warships through the Taiwan Strait in the third such operation in the past four months amid tensions with China, which regards Taiwan as a breakaway republic.
The Japan-based American guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell as well as the USNS Walter S. Diehl conducted what US Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman described on Thursday as “a routine Taiwan Strait Transit” that was “in accordance with international law,” as Washington increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway in a move provocative to Beijing.
“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Gorman added in a statement, insisting that “the US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”
The US Navy also sent two warships through the sensitive Strait last October and November as well as in July. Previously…