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U.S. Navy’s Aegis-equipped destroyer transits Taiwan Strait

  • May 14, 2020
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NHK reported that the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet announced that the Aegis-equipped destroyer USS McCampbell sailed through the Taiwan Strait on May 13. The network said since there are voices of concern in the U.S. that China is increasing its military pressure on Taiwan amid the chaos over the new coronavirus pandemic, the latest U.S.move is probably aimed at keeping China in check. Noting that another U.S. Navy vessel transited the Taiwan Strait twice last month, the network said the Navy is accelerating the pace of deploying vessels to the strait. According to the network, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee released a report on May 12 in which it expressed concern that China is increasing its military pressure on Taiwan at a time when the world is distracted by the new coronavirus, pointing out that PLA aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait three times this year and a Chinese carrier sailed near Taiwan last month.

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