US, Canadian military ships pass through Taiwan Strait

The United States says US and Canadian military ships have transited together through the Taiwan Strait.

The US Navy's Seventh Fleet announced in a statement that the US destroyer Higgins and the Canadian Navy's frigate Vancouver passed through the waters on Tuesday.

The statement says, "The ships transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State." It adds that the action demonstrates the commitment of the US, its allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Pentagon Press Secretary Patrick Ryder spoke to reporters on Tuesday. He said, "As always, the US military will continue to fly, sail and operate where international law allows."

The naval move is being seen as a demonstration of the commitment of the US and its allies to Taiwan. It comes amid growing military pressure from Beijing.

China conducted large-scale military drills near Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August.