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, on Friday, April 10, the service announced.
The transit is likely to anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) April 10, 2020
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense has confirmed the transit adding that its Armed Forces monitored the U.S. Navy warship as it sailed south through the waterway. It described the transit as an “ordinary mission”.
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 second transit of a U.S. Navy destroyer through the Taiwan Strait in the past three weeks. 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.