US warship sails through Taiwan Strait

MESSAGE: The transit of the USS ‘Mustin’ shows the US would not tolerate China encroaching on Taiwan’s territory, a National Taiwan University academic said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 20, 2020
By: Wu Su-wei and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA

Photo: EPA/EFE

The USS Mustin, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait yesterday, the 12th time this year that a US warship transited the waterway.

The US 7th Fleet said in a statement that the Mustin conducted a routine transit in accordance with international law.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” the statement read.

The Ministry of National Defense said that the US vessel entered the Strait from the north and headed south.    [FULL  STORY]

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