Two US Navy warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence said in a statement Monday.
The move adds to increasingly fraught relations between the two countries, which have clashed over a number of issues, including trade, Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea and human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
The U.S. Navy sailed two warships through the Taiwan Strait for the second time since July, a show of force that threatens to further exacerbate tensions with China.
"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", he added. That incident followed a string of US Air Force bomber flights through the disputed East and South China Seas, flights Beijing characterised as "provocative".
Taiwan's Defense Ministry first confirmed the transit in a statement.
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"The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere global law allows", he added.
This came after the Chinese military conducted large-scale military exercises in the Taiwan Strait in April.
Last month, after the United States authorization of a US$330 million arms sale to Taiwan, China's foreign ministry spokesman said the move "undermines China's sovereignty and security interests", adding that Beijing expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" and "resolute opposition". -China relationship, which also include a bitter trade war, US sanctions, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea. China maintains Taiwan is a breakaway province and not an independent nation. Rachel McMarr told BI, adding that the objective of the mission was to demonstrate "the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific" and to remind others that "the US Navy will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere worldwide law allows".
China has also alarmed Taiwan by ramping up military exercises this year, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island and sending its aircraft carrier through the narrow Taiwan Strait separating it from Taiwan.
In response, the USA sent two aircraft carrier groups through the Taiwan Strait.