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US Sends First Warships to Taiwan Strait Since Pelosi Visit

  • Two missile cruisers transited waterway on Sunday: US military
  • Chinese military followed the ships, on high alert: statement
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US Navy warships transited through the Taiwan Strait for the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island tested ties between Washington and Beijing.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville conducted a routine transit through a corridor of the strait Sunday, the Seventh Fleet said in a statement. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the fleet said, noting the waters were “beyond the territorial sea of any coastal state.”