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US Navy aircraft flies through the Taiwan Strait

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Apr18,2024

US Navy aircraft flew through the Taiwan Strait

Photo: Navy aircraft P-8A Poseidon< /p>

The US Seventh Fleet reported that a Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft flew through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, April 17.

This came a day after the heads of the US and Chinese defense departments held their first talks since November 2022 in an attempt to reduce tensions in the region.

The patrol and reconnaissance aircraft “flyed through the Taiwan Strait in international airspace,” the 7th Fleet said in a press release, reports  Associated Press.

"Operating in the Taiwan Strait in accordance with international law, the United States supports the navigational rights and freedoms of all nations,", – the release said.

The 160-kilometer-wide strait separating mainland China and the self-governing island democracy is international waters.

However, Beijing views the entry of foreign military aircraft and ships into it as a challenge to its sovereignty.

China has not yet responded to this message.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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