US sails two ships through Taiwan Strait ahead of trade talks in Beijing

(CNN)The United States sailed two ships through the Taiwan Strait, Sunday, in an operation that comes as top officials from the Trump administration prepare to travel to Beijing for high-level trade talks.

The US Navy destroyer, the USS Curtis Wilbur, and the US Coast Guard cutter, USCGC Bertholf, “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit March 24-25 (local time) in accordance with international law,” the Navy’s Seventh fleet said in a statement.
“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Cdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Navy’s Seventh Fleet told CNN in a statement.

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