US Navy destroyer crosses the strait

The same day the USS “Barry” crossed the strait, Taiwan ended its Han Kuang military exercises, while China said it had conducted an exercise near Taiwan.

A U.S. Navy ship crossed the Taiwan Strait on Friday, marking the ninth time a U.S. military ship has passed through the strait since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January.

USS Barry, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, made a “routine” transit through the strait, the US Navy said in a statement, adding that the voyage in international waters was made “in accordance with international law.” .

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the US Navy said. “The US military flies, sails and operates wherever international law permits. “

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The Department of National Defense yesterday confirmed the transit, saying the US destroyer had sailed north to south across the strait.

The ministry said it has an understanding of the situation and uses joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools to monitor the waters and airspace around Taiwan.

The situation was “normal” as the ship crossed the strait, he added.

The destroyer was in the strait on the same day that 10 Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defense identification area.

It was the 15th day in a row that Chinese military planes entered the region.

The military maneuvers are seen by some as a way for Beijing to express its displeasure with Taipei and warn of actions it sees as endangering its hopes of annexing Taiwan.

Taipei considers such movements to be military threats.

On August 27, the USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, accompanied by the USCGC Munro, carried out what the US Navy called “routine transits” through the strait.

USS John S. McCain crossed the strait on February 4 and April 7; the USS Curtis Wilbur February 24, May 18 and June 22; the USS John finn March 10; and the USS To fold July 28.

The most recent passage came as Taiwan was completing its annual Han Kuang military exercises and China was conducting military exercises in waters near the southwest coast of Taiwan.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a military exercise on Friday in the waters off southwestern Taiwan and in the skies of the region, the PLA’s official newspaper reported yesterday, citing Shi. Yi (施 毅), spokesperson for the Eastern Theater of the PLA. Order.

Shi did not provide specific information regarding the location of the exercise, claiming only that the PLA had deployed warships, early warning planes and bombers.

The National Defense Ministry said Taiwan has “a deep understanding and assessment” of China’s military exercises.

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