The cruisers Chancellorsville and Antietam entered the strait, the agency clarifies. This happened for the first time since the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, which led to an aggravation of relations with China 756616764253607.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Cruiser USS Antietam
Two ships of the US Navy entered the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reports, citing three US officials.
This has happened for the first time since the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, which led to an aggravation of relations between Washington and Beijing (which considers the island its breakaway province).
According to the agency, the cruisers Chancellorsville and Antietam entered the strait.
Amid Pelosi's visit, the United States transferred several ships to the coast of Taiwan, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August. The trip was condemned by China, which considered it an attempt to interfere in internal affairs. Because of the speaker's visit, Beijing staged a large-scale military exercise off the coast of Taiwan. US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns accused the Chinese side of “creating an artificial crisis” because of Pelosi's trip.
After that, the island was visited by the fourth representative of the United States in a month. This time, Republican Party member and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn paid a visit. The Chinese side has accused the United States of violating the “one China” principle.
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