USS Curtis Wilbur crossed the Strait Tuesday when the US described it as a “normal” route.
China has accused the United States of threatening the stability of the Taiwan Strait after a US naval fleet swept across the sea separating Taiwan from its neighbors.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th U.S. Army says Arleigh Burke’s U.S. Armed Forces explorer Curtis Wilbur made a “crossing of the Taiwan Strait” on Tuesday in accordance with international law.
“The ship’s voyage via the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to the free and open Indo-Pacific,” it said in a statement on its website. “The U.S. military will continue to fly, navigate, and operate wherever international law permits.”
A Chinese theater spokesman has strongly condemned Wednesday’s incident, which stemmed from tensions between the two regimes.
“The US action is sending false signals to independent militants in Taiwan, deliberately disrupting regional affairs and disrupting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.
Chinese troops followed and monitored the ship throughout its journey, he added.
China believes Taiwan’s democratically elected government is determined to declare independence on the island, the red line in Beijing.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says it is formerly an independent state called the Republic of China, after the island.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Homeland Security said the victim passed through the south via a crossroads and “things were strange”.
The U.S. navy has been doing this every month or so. 7th Fleet is located in Japan.
The United States, like many other countries, has no formal relations with Taiwan but is an important global supplier and arms supplier.
Fighting between Taiwan and Beijing escalated last year, with Taipei complaining that China had repeatedly sent troops to Taiwan.
Some of these incidents could include a number of fighters and bombers.
China says what is happening in Taiwan is aimed at protecting China’s sovereignty. The Taiwanese government has criticized China’s actions as a threat.