China military says US destroyer in Taiwan Strait ‘hyped’ up passage

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military said it organized troops to follow and monitor a U.S. destroyer that transited through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, according to a statement.

A spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS John Finn destroyer “openly hyped” up the passage, in a statement released late Wednesday.

“Recently, the U.S. military has frequently carried out provocative acts and maliciously undermined regional peace and stability. The troops in the theater are on high alert at all times and resolutely defend national sovereignty,” the spokesperson said.

(Reporting by Bernard Orr and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Chris Reese)