The ship proceeded in a northerly direction “under normal conditions,” the defense Ministry in Taipei said.

An American destroyer on Saturday made a passage through the Taiwan Strait separating mainland China and the island of Taiwan. This was reported by the Defense Ministry in Taipei.

According to him, the ship proceeded in a northerly direction “under normal conditions.”

The press service of the U.S. 7th Fleet on its website confirmed this information, specifying that we are talking about the missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson. It is alleged that he proceeded through the Strait through a corridor that belongs to neutral waters, “in accordance with international law.”

This “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the press service added. “The U.S. military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever it is permitted by international law,” the U.S. 7th 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.