US Sends First Warships to Taiwan Strait Since Pelosi Visit

For the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the autonomous island strained relations between Washington and Beijing, 

The USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville, two guided-missile cruisers of the Ticonderoga class

according to a statement from the Seventh Fleet. The fleet stated that the seas were "outside the territorial sea of any coastal state," due to thunderstorms offshore. 

the ship's passage through the Taiwan Strait "demonstrates the United States' commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific."

the Chinese military claimed that it tracked the US cruisers and was constantly on guard in case any provocations were made.

The decision by the Biden administration to send two cruisers armed with missiles across the strait may have been a calculated gesture 

its resolve to maintain a military presence in the waterway without drawing further retaliation from China