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U.S. warship transits through Taiwan Strait

ROC Central News Agency

04/24/2020 11:36 AM

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) The USS Barry, an American Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

In the post Friday morning, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said that the vessel made the transit "during routine underway operations ... in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region."

Earlier in the day, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said a United States warship had recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait in a southerly direction, but it did not identify the vessel or say when the transit occurred.

The USS Barry had transited through the Taiwan Strait on April 10, also from north to south, according to the MND and the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

Meanwhile, the MND said Thursday it had been monitoring the Chinese aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which made an eastward passage through the Bashi Strait to the south of Taiwan Wednesday after conducting training exercises in the South China Sea.

The MND also released a black-and-white aerial surveillance photograph of the Liaoning but did not say where or when the photo was taken.

Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), an analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research, said the frequent appearances by American vessels are a form of "military public diplomacy," aimed at signaling the U.S.' commitment to the region, despite the Chinese military's efforts to expand its influence in Asia Pacific.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Matthew Mazzetta)

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