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Still US Navy ships in the Taiwan Strait

Beijing hardly tolerates provocation in an already tense climate

The US informs that it has again sent two naval ships to sail the waters of the Taiwan Strait, in clear scorn towards China and its increasingly aggressive attitude towards its borders in the South China Sea. An American provocation that does nothing but exacerbate the big friction between the two powers in that delicate geographical point, but also in a moment of escalation of the commercial war triggered by President Trump towards China. Furthermore, it must be said that Taiwan (and obviously Beijing), see indirect support in Taipei in the move. The transit was carried out by the "Preble" destroyer and the tanker of the US Navy, "Walter S. Diehl".

"The transit of ships across the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region", said Commander Clay Doss, spokesman for the US Navy's Seventh Fleet.

Already in early May a similar yet another episode had seen the "innocent transit" by the "Preble" and "Chung Hoon" destoyers, passed 12 nautical miles from the cliffs of Gaven and Johnson, part of the disputed Spratly archiphelago. Even in that case the presence of the two ships was officially linked to an operation in favor of freedom of navigation. Despite the protests in Beijing, Washington had officially declared that the US will continue to sail as it usually does in those waters and wherever it is permitted by international law.

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