US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait for Second Time in Two Weeks

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A U.S. Navy warship has transited the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait, the U.S. Navy and Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said on Monday, the second such operation in two weeks amid rising tensions between China and the United States.

The U.S. Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Sunday in accordance with international law.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” U.S. Seventh Fleet representative Reann Mommsen said.

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