Thursday marked the 31st anniversary of the horrific Tiananmen Square Massacre, during which the Chinese communist regime brutally put down an uprising by students, and the U.S. Navy chose a rather defiant and provocative method to make note of the occasion right under the nose of the communists in Beijing.
Breitbart reported that the USS Russell, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates mainland China from the breakaway independent island of Taiwan that the communist regime still claims as part of its own territory.
A spokesperson for the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement, “Russell conducted a Taiwan Strait transit June 4 to 5 (local time) in accordance with international law. The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”
This was actually the seventh time in 2020, and the second time within the past three weeks, that the U.S. Navy has defiantly transited a ship through the strait.
Meanwhile, in an obvious attempt to intimidate Taiwan, the Chinese regime marked the anniversary of the massacre by conducting live-fire exercises and mock amphibious landing drills on other islands in the region.
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