Beijing “expressed concern” to Washington after the USS Stethem and another US Navy destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait. Photo: AP/US Navy

Beijing ‘tones down’ response after US warships sail through Taiwan Strait

  • Foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing ‘expressed concern’ to Washington over the transit – a move that usually provokes a stronger reaction
  • Military experts say the destroyers had turned on their automatic identification systems in an apparently ‘friendly’ gesture
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Beijing “expressed concern” to Washington after the USS Stethem and another US Navy destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait. Photo: AP/US Navy
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The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence was one of two American destroyers that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the weekend. Photo: Reuters

United States sends two warships through Taiwan Strait

  • Passage underlines American commitment to “free and open Indo-Pacific”, US Navy says amid rising tensions with Beijing
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The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence was one of two American destroyers that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on the weekend. Photo: Reuters
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