US Navy announces its two warships passing through Taiwan Strait

US Navy has announced that its two warships are passing through the Taiwan Strait. In a statement, the US 7th Fleet in Japan said, the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are making the voyage through waters where high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law.

The Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said it is monitoring the two ships, maintaining a high alert and is ready to thwart any provocation. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s defence ministry said, it detected 23 Chinese aircraft and eight Chinese ships operating around Taiwan.

Taiwan Strait

The Taiwan Strait is a 180-kilometer-wide strait separating the island of Taiwan and continental Asia. The strait is part of the South China Sea and connects to the East China Sea to the north. The narrowest part is 130 km wide. The Taiwan Strait is itself a subject of international dispute over its political status.

Taiwan Strait - Wikipedia