US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait Amid Trade War With China

Commander Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for US Pacific Fleet, also said that "the ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", adding that "the US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows".

The pair of US Navy warships conducted "a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with global law", Pacific Fleet spokesperson Lt. j.g.

A short statement released by the ministry did not give the names of the two USA vessels, but said they passed through global waters of the Taiwan Strait in what it described as a "routine" operation.

The operation is said to ensure the U.S.'s free passage through the strategic waterway, according to a Reuters report on Saturday.

The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in the second of such operation this year, amid China tensions.

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Taiwan late on Monday requested that China refrain from interfering in its elections, saying that Beijing should respect and learn from its democracy.

The last time USA naval vessels passed through the strait was in July.

China has become increasingly aggressive in the Taiwan Strait towards Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province and not a separate country. "The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere worldwide law allows". The U.S. Navy has conducted such transits through the Taiwan Strait for years but have not publicized the transits since 2007.

Taiwan's defence ministry said in an earlier statement the military was "closely monitoring the U.S. warships during their passage". -China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, USA sanctions, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea. It has carried out numerous military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, and persuaded several nations to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

Taiwan's relations with China have deteriorated since the island's President Tsai Ing-wen from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party swept to power in 2016.

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