U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

U.S. Navy handout of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain prepares to depart from dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka after an extensive maintenance period in Yokosuka, Japan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a "routine" transit of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said, as China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan's air defence zone and a Chinese carrier group drilled near Taiwan.

"The ship's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows," the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Andrew Heavens)