U.S. sends two Navy vessels through Taiwan Straits

First such move since 2007

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Two U.S. Navy ships passed through the Taiwan Strait Saturday.

Two U.S. Navy ships passed through the Taiwan Strait Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said Saturday evening that two U.S. Navy vessels had crossed into the Taiwan Straits from the south and were continuing on a northeasterly course.

The statement identified the two vessels as the DDG-89 and the DDG-65, the Central News Agency reported.

It was the first time since the George W. Bush Administration in 2007 that a U.S. government had sent a Navy ship through the Taiwan Strait, according to CNA. The possibility of such a move had been heralded in statements by U.S. officials made last June.