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US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait for Second Time in Month

US Warship Transits Taiwan Strait for Second Time in Month
Commander of the US Forces in Japan (USFJ), Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider in Tokyo on January 19, 2020.  (Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2020 07:32 PM

An American guided-missile destroyer transited the Taiwan Strait on Thursday and Friday, the Navy Times reported, the second such trip by a U.S. warship through the sensitive waterway in less than a month.

The USS Russell, a 25-year-old Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailed through the sea situated between Taiwan and mainland China “in accordance with international law,” spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Rachel Maul of the U.S. Pacific Fleet told the Navy Times in an email.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

The action comes as Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of U.S. Forces in Japan, told Reuters that China is using the novel coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to amplify its disputed territorial claims.

Schneider said China has been sending an increasingly larger flotilla of naval ships, coast guard vessels and a naval militia of fishing boats to harass vessels in waters claimed by Beijing.

The Russell’s transit follows a similar trip by the USS McCampbell, another Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, through the Taiwan Strait on May 13, USNI News reported.

The strait is a 110-mile wide passageway between the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan. It links the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

China claims Taiwan, where the nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek retreated to in 1949 after their defeat on the mainland by the communist army of Mao Zedong in the China Civil War, as a renegade province.

The United States has had unofficial relations with Taiwan, which refers to itself as the Republic of China, since it officially recognized the mainland communist government in 1979.

The Chinese consider the strait, along with most of the South China Sea, as territorial waters, and has expanded small islands as naval and air bases to extend its claims.

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