The U.S. Seventh Fleet stressed that “the US military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever permitted by international law.”
An American destroyer on Tuesday made a passage through the Taiwan Strait separating mainland China and the island of Taiwan. This is stated in the press service of the Seventh Fleet of the United States.
“The Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer USS Milius made a routine passage through the Taiwan Strait on November 23 (local time) in international waters in accordance with international law. This demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the statement says.
“The U.S. military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever it is permitted by international law,” the U.S. Seventh Fleet emphasizes.
According to observers, in recent months, cases of the appearance of American ships in the Strait have become more frequent. Such steps create a risk of escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. Mainland Chinese authorities consider Taiwan an inseparable part of their territory and are wary of any American military presence in the region.