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U.S. warships sail in disputed waters

U.S. warships sail in disputed waters

Two US warships have reportedly passed through the Taiwan Strait, a move that will likely be viewed by Beijing as yet another escalation amid Washington's ongoing operation to impose freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

The move "demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", spokesman for the US Pacific Fleet Commander Nate Christensen was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.

The ships' passage through the strait demonstrates "the United States commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", Cmdr.

This U.S. Navy photo obtained June 24 shows the guided-missile cruiser U.S.S. Antietam pulling alongside the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Ronald Reagan during a fueling at sea on June 21 in the Philippine Sea.

"Cruising through the Strait is not new, but it is a strong signal that the US will be on Taiwan's side in case of a crisis between Taipei and Beijing", said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, who teaches US-China relations at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico
They included 52 children, nine of them 5 years old or younger. "Mexico's migration policy is for Mexico to decide", he said. On Friday, US President Donald Trump thanked Mexico for holding back the migrants from crossing into the US.


China has become increasingly aggressive in the Taiwan Strait towards Taiwan, which China considers a renegade province and not a separate country. "The Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is the most important and most sensitive issue in U.S".

Mattis added that "the USA will fly, sail, and operate wherever global law allows, and we encourage all nations to confidently exercise their right to do the same".

Taiwan's defence ministry said it closely monitored the operation and was able to "maintain the security of the seas and the airspace" as it occurred.

This came after the Chinese military conducted large-scale military exercises in the Taiwan Strait in April. The U.S. continues to sell military weapons to the island nation even though it does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. -China relationship continues to be US support for Taiwan. -China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, US sanctions, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.


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