US destroyer transits Taiwan Strait

United States Navy 7th Fleet said that Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit December 19 (local time).

EAST CHINA SEA (Dec. 18, 2020) Retail Specialist Third Class Isis A. Hernandez, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, stands lookout watch on the bridge wing as the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts routine underway operations. US Navy photo

It noted that the transit was conducted in accordance with international law.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” the US Navy 7th Fleet said.

In response, Air Force Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, said “the naval and aerial forces under the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command have tracked and monitored the US destroyer throughout the whole process.”

“The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the night of December 18,” Zhang said.