USA warships sail through Taiwan Strait

Investigation Bereau Director General Leu Weng-jong

Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait Monday.

"USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait Transit on October 22, in accordance with worldwide law".

Although the USA and most nations consider much of the 110-mile Taiwan Strait to be worldwide waters, transiting there has always been a source of tension for Beijing.

"The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows", he said.

"China monitored the entire progress of the USA warships passing through the Taiwan Strait, and has already expressed serious concern to the United States about this", stated Chinese Foreign Minister Hua Chunying.

Taiwan late on Monday requested that China refrain from interfering in its elections, saying that Beijing should respect and learn from its democracy.

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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.

Colonel Rob Manning from the US Department of Defense told reporters that the USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Antietam conducted a routine transit to demonstrate US commitment "to a free and open Indo-Pacific".

Hua said Beijing urged Washington to "scrupulously abide by the one-China principle" and "carefully handle the Taiwan-related issues in an appropriate manner".

"The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows", he said.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry first confirmed the transit in a statement. -China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, US sanctions, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea. Taiwan receives support and defense funding from the United States in line with a 1979 bilateral agreement.

China has also alarmed Taiwan by ramping up military exercises this year, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island and sending its aircraft carrier through the narrow Taiwan Strait separating it from Taiwan.

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