U.S. warship crosses Taiwan Strait for the first time under Biden

U.S. warship crosses Taiwan Strait for the first time under Biden

U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet said it was a routine passage through the Strait

A U.S. warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said. This is the first such passage since President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer John McCain made a routine passage through the waterway separating mainland China and Taiwan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement.

The ship’s voyage “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said.

“The U.S. military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows,” the document stressed.

Taiwan’s Department of Defense confirmed the passage of the ship, without naming it.

The ship’s passage was preceded Monday by a flight of two U.S. reconnaissance aircraft and one refueling plane near Taiwan’s airspace, the ministry said, without specifying their routes.