The Navy cites a worldwide laws that defines territorial waters as extending 12 nautical miles from a country’s shoreline and recurrently sends its warships by the strait in what it calls freedom of navigation operations, along with on May 10 when the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal made a similar voyage.

Wednesday seen the Benfold transit “by a corridor inside the strait that’s previous the territorial sea of any coastal state,” said US seventh Fleet spokesperson Lt. Nicholas Lingo.

China reacted angrily to the ship’s presence inside the strait and its military said on Wednesday it had adopted and monitored the US vessel all through its transit.

“The frequent provocations and showing-off by the US completely show that the US is the destroyer of peace and stability inside the Taiwan Strait and the creator of security risks inside the Taiwan Strait,” said Col. Shi Yi, spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Jap Theater Command. “The theater troops protect extreme alert at all times and might resolutely defend nationwide sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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Ultimate week, the Benfold carried out two freedom of navigation operations inside the South China Sea, near to contested islands the place Beijing has constructed military installations.

On July 13, the US destroyer challenged what the US seventh Fleet said are “excessive maritime claims” by Beijing throughout the Paracel Islands — typically referred to as the Xisha Islands in China, and on Saturday near the Spratly Islands — typically referred to as the Nansha Islands in China. Beijing moreover reacted angrily to the Benfold’s voyage near the Paracels.

US conducts Taiwan Strait flyover amid tensions with China

Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan have elevated in newest days, with Beijing lashing out twice to this point week over US relations with the island.

On Monday, Beijing said a $108 million US arms sale to Taipei “gravely jeopardizes China’s sovereignty and security pursuits, and severely harm relations between the two nations and their militaries.”

And on Tuesday, a Beijing spokesperson said it “firmly opposed” a doable go to to the island by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US Residence of Representatives.

Some research have instructed Pelosi will go to Taiwan in August. Beforehand she had consider to take a US congressional delegation to the island in April, nevertheless the journey was postponed after she examined constructive for Covid-19.


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