BEIJING (AP) — China is protesting the latest passage by a U.S. Navy ship through the Taiwan Strait, calling it a provocation that undermined peace and stability in the region. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet says the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with international law. It says the passage demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. While the strait is in international waters, China claims self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and regards the U.S. Navy’s presence in the area as a show of support for the island’s democratic government. A spokesperson for China’s Eastern Theater Command says the U.S. actions are sending wrong signals to pro-independence forces in Taiwan.
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