U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Nov. 21 (local time), the service announced.

According to the Navy statement, the ship’s transit through the strategic strait, which separates Taiwan and China, “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific” and “is in accordance with international law”.

The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows, the statement added.

USS Barry conducted a similar transit through the Strait last month. The destroyer also transited the Strait twice in April.

Like the previous transits by U.S. Navy vessels through the strait, this one will also likely anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.

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