Taipei: Tico transit near Taiwan tweaks Beijing

Navy Times
Date: July 25, 2019
By: The Associated Press

Seaman Derek Mischo uses an alidade to search for ship contacts on board the guided-missile cruiser Antietam on July 20 in the South China Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley/Navy)

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan said Thursday the U.S. Navy is free to sail through its strait after an American warship did so soon after Beijing warned against foreign interference in its relationship with the island.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser Antietam sailed northward through the Taiwan Strait, said a statement from Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.

Taiwan’s joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance task force said nothing “unusual” took place during its journey, the statement said.

Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, said the Antietam conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Wednesday to Thursday "in accordance with international law."

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