U.S. Sails Warships Through Taiwan Strait In 1st Since Pelosi Visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. Navy sailed two warships by the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, within the first such transit publicized since U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier in August, at a time when tensions have saved the waterway notably busy.

The united statesAntietam and USS Chancellorsville are conducting a routine transit, the U.S. seventh Fleet mentioned. The cruisers “transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State,” the assertion mentioned.

China performed many army workouts within the strait because it sought to punish Taiwan after Pelosi visited the self-ruled island in opposition to Beijing’s threats.

China has despatched many warships crusing within the Taiwan Strait and waters surrounding Taiwan since Pelosi’s go to, in addition to sending warplanes and firing long-range missiles. It views the island as a part of its nationwide territory and opposes any visits by international governments as recognizing Taiwan as its personal state.

China mentioned it tracked the motion of the ships. “Troops of the (Eastern) Theater Command are on high alert and ready to foil any provocation at any time,” said senior Col. Shi Yi, spokesperson for the People Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, speaking on CNN on Sunday, said the transit sent a “very clear message, very consistent message … that the United States Navy, the United States military will sail, fly and operate wherever international law permits us to do so.”

Kirby also noted the transit was “very consistent with our ‘One China’ policy, very consistent with our desire to make sure that we can continue to work toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The U.S. recurrently sends its ships by the Taiwan Strait as a part of what it calls freedom of navigation maneuvers.

The 100 mile-wide (160 kilometer-wide) strait divides Taiwan from China.