Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait a Week After Large Chinese Air Incursion

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BEIJING/TAIPEI—A U.S. warship has again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, a week after the self-ruled island reported the largest incursion here to date of Chinese air force jets in Taiwan’s air defence zone. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Tuesday 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 Chinese regime condemned the United States on Wednesday as the region’s greatest security “risk creator.” The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said their forces monitored the vessel throughout its passage and warned it. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the ship had sailed in a northerly direction through the strait and the “situation was as normal”. The same ship transited the strait a month ago, prompting the …

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