China’s military says monitoring US Navy ships in Taiwan Strait

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China’s military said on Sunday it was monitoring US Navy vessels sailing through the Taiwan Strait, maintaining a high alert and ready to defeat any provocations.

The US Navy said the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Sunday, in accordance with international law.

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Earlier, the American navy said two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the first such transit since China staged unprecedented military drills around the island.

In a statement, the US Navy said the transit “demonstrates the US’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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