China said Thursday its troops were "on constant high alert" after U.S. and Canadian warships passed through the Taiwan Strait, their second joint passage in two months.
The USS Rafael Peralta, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa conducted a "routine" transit through the strait Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said.
"Troops in the theatre remain on constant high alert, and will resolutely protect national sovereignty and security as well as regional peace and stability," Senior Colonel Shi Yi, a spokesperson for China's Eastern Theatre Command, said in a statement.
Shi slammed the latest transit as "public hype" and said its naval and air forces had "trailed their entire course."
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