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Two US destroyers sailed through Taiwan Strait

ANI | Updated: Jul 09, 2018 07:05 IST

Washington [USA], Jul 9 (ANI): Two United States Navy destroyers have sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
A United States Navy official confirmed to CNN that the warships- the USS Mustin and USS Benfold are the first American ones to pass through the strait since July 2017.
The move comes amid the tension between the Washington and Beijing over the trade tariffs and North Korea issue.
Though, the passage of the ship was called "a routine transit" by Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Charlie Brown.
Beijing lay its claim on Taiwan, which is a self-governed, democratic island and views it as a breakaway province.
China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the end of the Chinese Civil War.
The Beijing's communist government considers Taiwan a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland.
In spite of all these issues, Taiwan is an important ally of the US in the region. (ANI)