The US guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, the US Navy said, in what have become relatively routine trips in recent months, despite being constantly criticized by China, Reuters reported.
The Eastern Theatre Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army said its air and naval forces followed and monitored the US ship throughout its voyage.
“Any words or deeds that ... cause trouble in the Taiwan Strait are not in line with the fundamental interests of China and the United States, harm the wellbeing of compatriots on both sides of the strait, pose real threats to peace and stability in the region and are extremely dangerous,” it said.
Chinese forces will remain on high alert at all times to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, it added.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the US ship was on an “ordinary mission” and passed through the Taiwan Strait in a southerly direction.
China responded by sending fighter jets close to Taiwan.