“The US is sending political signals by sending warships through the Taiwan Strait,” the Global Times said.
The Portland could test and indefinitely sail with the next-generation laser weapon bolted onto it.
Japanese media said all seven of the sailors who had been reported missing were found dead.
U.S. Navy leaders were reportedly considering freedom of navigation patrols near the territory claimed by China.
Putin’s air force and navy have repeatedly intimidated its neighbours, who are mounting an armed response