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Chinese aircraft carrier follows US warship through Taiwan Strait

Shandong and four escort ships traverse same patch of water as tensions rise

The Shandong is China's first domestically built aircraft carrier. (Xinhua via Kyodo)

NEW YORK -- China's homegrown aircraft carrier Shandong has passed through the Taiwan Strait to conduct training in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army Navy said Monday.

The Sunday transit came the day after the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin made a similar passage and reflects the American and Chinese navies' resolve to demonstrate their presence in the body of water running between the mainland's Fujian Province and the island of Taiwan.

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