US to sail warships through Taiwan Strait as first since Pelosia

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The U.S. Navy will sail two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, in the first such transit published since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier in August, at a time when tensions hit the waterway. kept busy.

The USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are conducting a routine transit, the US 7th Fleet said. The cruisers “passed through a corridor in the Strait that is outside the territorial sea of ​​any coastal state,” the statement said.

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China conducted many military exercises in the strait to punish Taiwan after Pelosi visited the self-ruled island against Beijing’s threats.

China has sent many warships into the Taiwan Strait and waters around Taiwan since Pelosi’s visit, as well as combat aircraft and firing long-range missiles. It considers the island part of its national territory and opposes any visits by foreign governments in recognition of Taiwan as its own state.

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The US regularly sends its ships through the Taiwan Strait as part of what it calls freedom of navigation manoeuvres.

The 100-mile-wide (160-kilometer-wide) strait separates Taiwan from China.

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