Two US Navy destroyers crossed the Taiwan Strait

The transition of ships across the Strait may increase tensions between the US and China.

Two US Navy ships passed on Sunday through the Taiwan Strait, which separates the mainland of China and the island of Taiwan. FreeNews reported, citing a statement by the Pacific fleet of the US Navy.

“The passage of ships through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” quotes the statement of the Pacific fleet of the US Navy.

The two destroyers are identified as William P. Lawrence and Stethem.

US Navy warships since the beginning of this year have several times made similar operations. So, on March 25, a destroyer with guided missile weapons Curtis Wilbur of the US Navy and a fast patrol boat Bertholf of the Coast guard passed through the waters of the Taiwan Strait. Then China made a presentation to the United States.

The transition of destroyers through the Strait could increase tensions in relations between the US and China; on the other hand, the transit can be viewed Taiwan as a sign of support of Trump administration on the background of tensions between Taipei and Beijing. The Chinese authorities consider Taiwan an inseparable part of their territory and are wary of any American military presence in the region.