« The transit of Chung-Hoon and Montreal through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the combined US-Canada commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, » the statement said. « The US military flies, sails and operates safely and responsibly wherever international law permits. »
At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this weekend, Chinese Defense Minister General Li Shangfu said Beijing « must prevent attempts that seek to use freedom of navigation [patrols]that innocent passage, to exercise the hegemony of navigation”.
The meeting comes at a tense time in US-China relations following the February downing of a Chinese spy balloon after it transited the United States. shake hands.