China condemned the United States on Wednesday as the region’s greatest security “risk creator” after a U.S. warship again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Tuesday in accordance with international law.
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said their forces monitored the vessel throughout its passage and warned it.
“The U.S. side is intentionally playing the same old tricks and creating trouble and disrupting things in the Taiwan Strait,” it said.
This “fully shows that the United States is the greatest creator of risks for regional security, and we are resolutely opposed to this”.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the ship had sailed in a northerly direction through the strait and the “situation was as normal”.