China says Canadian navy ships sailed through Taiwan strait

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that Canadian navy ships sailed through the Strait of Taiwan, which separates self-ruled Taiwan from China.

The ships sailed through the strait on June 18 in a “freedom of navigation” operation, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail, the first such journey since tensions escalated between Canada and China after Canadian authorities arrested a Huawei executive.

(Reporting by Huizhong Wu and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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