The U.S. Navy's Burke-class missile destroyer "USS Bamford" passed through the Taiwan Strait on the 5th of this month, but the U.S. did not announce the news.

The picture shows the ship performing missions in the South China Sea in July.

(Reuters file photo)

[Compile Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report] "Nikkei Asia" reported on the 20th that the US Pacific Fleet spokesperson revealed that the US Burke-class missile destroyer "USS Benfold" (USS Benfold) passed through the Taiwan Strait on the 5th of this month.

However, the U.S. side did not announce the news at the time, presumably to avoid provoking China before the "Xi Jinping Conference."

However, the US ship passed through the Taiwan Strait before the "Xi-Xi meeting", apparently to reiterate the US's opposition to unilaterally changing the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

According to reports, when a U.S. ship crosses the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. Seventh Fleet, based in Yokosuka Port, Japan, usually announces to the public immediately, but it did not do so this time. This shows that the Biden administration is trying to strike a balance on the Taiwan issue. There was renewed friction between China and China, so that the two sides agreed to maintain a smooth channel of communication at the "Xi Xi meeting". On the other hand, it also expressed that the worries within the Biden administration about China's invasion of Taiwan have increased.

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US Pacific Fleet Commander Sam Paparo told military reporters at an event on the 18th that "our actions through the Taiwan Strait have not eased."

Christopher Johnstone, an expert on Japanese issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank in Washington DC, said that not all actions of freedom of navigation through the Taiwan Strait or the South China Sea will be publicly announced by the US. There may be many reasons for deciding not to announce. This time Probably because of the proximity to the study session.

However, whether it is made public or not, the point is that both China and Taiwan know that the U.S. warship passed through, thus achieving the purpose of confirming that the Taiwan Strait is an international waters, and the U.S. exercises its rights in accordance with international law.

Patrick Cronin, an expert on Asia-Pacific security issues at the Hudson Institute, another think tank, believes that the U.S. did not announce it because it was very close to the mid-term elections, and both China and Taiwan knew about this action, so the failure to announce it will not affect Deterring China and Reassuring Taiwan.