The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) has transited the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China, for the second time this month on Thursday, April 23.
The first transit occurred on April 10. The transits through Taiwan Strait are likely to anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.
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According to the U.S. Navy, USS Barry is currently forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations “in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region”. The warship’s homeport is Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan.
This is the third transit of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait in the past one month. On March 25, the destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) sailed through the strategic waterway.
Before the Taiwan Strait transit, USS McCampbell sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea angering China. Paracel Islands, also known as Hoàng Sa in Vietnamese and Xisha in Chinese, is a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea currently controlled and occupied by China. The islands are also claimed by Vietnam (occupied before 1974) and Taiwan.