According to the defense ministry in Taipei, the ship proceeded in a southerly direction.
A US missile destroyer on Tuesday made a passage through the Taiwan Strait, which separates mainland China and the island of Taiwan. This was announced on Wednesday by the defense ministry in Taipei.
According to him, the ship proceeded in a southerly direction. The Taiwanese military “fully controlled the situation” during the passage in the adjacent sea area and airspace, “which “was normal,” the publication said.
The press service of the US 7th Fleet confirmed this information, specifying that we are talking about the Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur. It is noted that it passed through the Taiwan Strait “in accordance with international law, “which” demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” “The US military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever permitted by international law,” the statement said. As observers note, in recent months, cases of the appearance of American ships in the Strait have become more frequent. Such steps pose a risk of increasing 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. According to the official representative of the Eastern Zone of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Combat Command, Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, China expressed a strong protest to the United States in connection with the passage of an American destroyer through the Taiwan Strait. “The actions of the American side send false signals to the forces that advocate the so-called independence of Taiwan, create deliberate interference and destabilize the situation in the region, undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. We strongly oppose this,” Zhang Chunhui said.