US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait

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US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait

A pair of USA warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Monday, a welcome show of support for America's friends in Taiwan and the right to open navigation in global waters.

"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", he added.

The U.S. Navy conducted a similar mission in the strait's worldwide waters in July, which had been the first such voyage in about a year.

The U.S. Navy conducted a similar "freedom of navigation" exercise through the expansive waterway that separate China and Taiwan back in July.

"Cruising through the strait is not new, but it is a strong signal that the USA will be on Taiwan's side in case of a crisis between Taipei and Beijing", said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, who teaches U.S.

This rare move comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two military powers and is likely to anger Beijing despite it being within the bounds of worldwide law.

The Pentagon says Washington has sold Taiwan more than $15bn in weaponry since 2010. Taiwan late Monday requested that China refrain from interfering in its elections, saying Beijing should should respect and learn from its democracy. Taiwan receives support and defense funding from the United States in line with a 1979 bilateral agreement.

Another irritant in the U.S.

"Minister Wei raised Taiwan and concerns about our policy".

Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter to directly speak with the Taiwanese leader, and past year, the US Congress passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which authorized naval cooperation between the US and Taiwanese militaries.

"So it was, I think, a familiar exchange".

The ministry emphasized that it has full knowledge of the passage near and on waters controlled by the country, and has the capability to maintain peace and stability of the country's territorial waters and airspace over it.

It has also viewed USA overtures toward Taiwan with alarm, including its unveiling a new de facto embassy in Taiwan and passage of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages US officials to visit the island. China has also constructed artificial islands atop submerged reefs in the South China Sea and placed weapons and aircraft on them. It has carried out numerous military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, and persuaded several nations to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

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