U.S. Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold is one of two warships to have entered the Taiwan Strait

A USA official confirmed that the destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold were the two ships that transited through the waterway.

The decision to name Taiwan, "Chinese Taipei" instead of "Taiwan, China" is innovative, however, because this is Taiwan's official name in worldwide organizations like the Olympic Games, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or the World Health Organization.

China sees self-ruling democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, by force if necessary, but the island regards itself as a sovereign country.

While the US and China cooperate in denculearizing North Korea, there are tensions between the two countries over China's growing military presence on man-made islands in the South China Sea. The last U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to sail the area was in 2007.

Beijing has also managed to deplete Taipei's diplomatic allies, luring away four since Tsai came to power and leaving it with only 18 countries worldwide that recognize it over China.

Charlie Brown, Pacific Fleet spokesman, said sailing through the body of water separating China and Taiwan is routine for the U.S. Navy.

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Tsai has criticised China for attempting to change the status quo between the two sides and urged the world to "constrain" its ambitions.

U.S. Marines usually guard missions in countries with which Washington has formal diplomatic ties.

USA support for Taiwan is evident, as the Unites States continues to sell it military weapons even though it does not have diplomatic relations with the province.

A growing number of worldwide airlines and companies were also forced to change Taiwan's name to "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei" due to pressure from Beijing. "It has reached a point where there's rising calls within the USA political and defense establishment to help Taiwan stave off this pressure". China regularly says Taiwan is the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States. "So there'll be no rolling back by China".

"If we need to do a comparison, Taiwan certainly ranks above other topical hot-button issues such as even the East and South China sea disputes", Koh said.

Former Taiwan Vice President Lien Chan, of Taiwan's pro-China and former ruling Nationalist Party, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.

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