U.S. Navy ships cross Taiwan Strait again

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet issued a statement on June 22 confirming that the U.S. Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur DDG 54 passed through the Taiwan Strait on June 22 afternoon.

This is the sixth time that a U.S. warship has passed through the Taiwan Strait since President Biden took office, and it is also the second time that the destroyer USS Wilbur has passed through the Taiwan Strait after a month.

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement that the USS Curtis Wilbur routinely passed through the Taiwan Strait on 22 local time in accordance with the norms of international law, expressing the U.S. commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” and that the U.S. military will “continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits.

The 7th Fleet’s official Web page also posted several images of the Wilbur and its officers and men as it sailed through the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Wednesday that “the national army has kept track of the dynamics of the sea and airspace around Taiwan and the situation is normal.

A spokesman for the PLA’s Eastern Theater of Operations said on Chinese social media that the USS Wilbur missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait and “openly speculated” that the Eastern Theater of Operations “organized naval and air forces to follow and monitor the whole process. “. The spokesman said that the U.S. side is “repeating the same trick of stirring up trouble in the Taiwan Strait” and that China is “resolutely opposed to this”.