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U.S. Navy destroyers transit through Taiwan Strait

ROC Central News Agency

12/31/2020 10:51 AM

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Two U.S. Navy destroyers transited through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the second such mission this month.

In a statement, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with international law.

"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the statement said. "The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows."

It was the 13th such transit by U.S. warships this year.

Taiwan's defense ministry also confirmed the passage, saying in a statement that two U.S. Navy destroyers passed through the strait en route from the South China Sea before continuing in a northerly direction.

The ministry stressed that it monitored the two vessels' movements and that the situation was normal.

U.S. Navy ships have increasingly transited through the strait following an increase in Chinese military maneuvers near Taiwan in recent months.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)

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