(AFP) — A US battleship crossed the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the US Navy said, risking angering China, which claims sovereignty over the maritime thoroughfare.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit Oct 14 (local time) in accordance with international law,” Seventh Fleet spokeswoman Reann Mommsen said in a statement.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” she added.

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