Two US warships with guided missiles entered international waters near the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reported.
This is the first such operation since relations between Beijing and Washington were strained over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei on August 3.
A US Navy spokesman said the ships were “routinely transiting the Taiwan Strait through waters where freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas is enforced in accordance with international law”.
However, US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the US cruisers were conducting an operation in the Taiwan Strait, which was still ongoing. Details about her were not disclosed.
In recent years, U.S. warships and sometimes vessels from U.S.-allied nations have regularly passed through the strait, angering Beijing.
Since Pelosi’s visit earlier this month, China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has held a series of military exercises near the island.