Since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August, the US Navy sailed two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday.
The USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville had regular shipments, the US 7th Fleet said.
The cruiser “passed the strait corridor beyond the territorial waters of the coastal state,” the statement said.
After Pelosi visited Taiwan despite threats from the Chinese government, China conducted a number of military exercises in the Strait to punish Taiwan.
Since China’s visit, China has sent many warships, military aircraft and long-range missiles to the Taiwan Strait and waters around Taiwan.
It regards Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes any visit by any foreign government that recognizes Taiwan as its own.
China said it tracked the ship’s movements.
“The (Eastern) Theater Command’s forces are on alert and ready to deter any provocations at any time,” said Senior Colonel Shi Yi of the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command.
Speaking on CNN on Sunday, John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Transit was a “very clear message, a very coherent message… The U.S. Navy, U.S. Armed Forces will continue to do what international law allows.” It will sail, fly and operate anywhere.” to do so”.
Kirby also said Transit is “very consistent with our One China policy and our desire to ensure that we can continue to work towards a free and open Indo-Pacific. It’s very consistent,” he said.
The United States regularly deploys ships to the Taiwan Strait as part of Operation Freedom of Navigation.
A 100-mile (160 km) wide strait separates Taiwan from China.