First US warships to transit the Taiwan Strait since Pelosi's visit

For the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the autonomous island strained relations between Washington and Beijing, US Navy warships have sailed into the Taiwan Strait.

The fleet commander stated that the ship's passage across the Taiwan Strait "demonstrates the United States' commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific."

After China retaliated to Pelosi's historic visit to Taipei earlier this month by launching ballistic missiles over Taiwan, the Biden administration vowed to resume such routine transits.

Before this past Sunday, the USS Benfold, a destroyer, made its last known crossing of the strait on July 19.

Qin Gang, China's ambassador to Washington, urged the US to stop sending military ships through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, claiming that Beijing saw such transits as an escalation and a move to back.

The US is a very unfriendly force,” he added. “The resolution of Taiwan question should speed up to eliminate a leverage of external forces in undermining China’s rise.

Before this past Sunday, the USS Benfold, a destroyer, made its last known crossing of the strait on July 19.