[Ed. – Not sure what China was trying to prove there. That it takes a Chinese carrier to adequately counter the recent presence of a USN destroyer? I mean, that may be true, but it’s not really a power signal, per se. This is China’s second carrier, the Shandong.]
“The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Dec. 19 (local time) in accordance with international law,” the Navy said in a statement. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Following Mustin’s move through the strait, Reuters reported that China’s new aircraft carrier on Sunday performed its own transit through the strait. Shandong conducted the transit while heading to train in the South China Sea, the Chinese navy said.
Taiwan dispatched its own aircraft and ships to observe China’s actions, according to the wire service report.
Shandong, the PLAN’s second carrier, initiated sea trials in late May, USNI News previously reported.