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US-China tensions

U.S. kept quiet on warship transit of Taiwan Strait before Biden met Xi

Unannounced voyage likely attempt to avoid friction with Beijing before summit

The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam sails through the Taiwan Strait in August. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Nov. 5, a Pacific Fleet spokesperson told Nikkei on Saturday, but the transit was not disclosed at that time in a likely attempt to avoid provoking China ahead of a bilateral summit.

At the same time, by going ahead with the transit, Washington signaled its opposition to a unilateral change in the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

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