BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Reuters) - China said on Thursday (Oct 15) the United States was seriously undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait after a US Navy destroyer sailed through the waters amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

Zhang Chunhui, spokesman for China's eastern theatre command, said in a statement that the Chinese military followed and monitored the USS Barry when the destroyer made what the US Navy called a "routine Taiwan Strait transit" on Wednesday.

Zhang said the United States should stop its provocative words and actions in the Taiwan Strait, adding the Chinese military will resolutely defend the country's territorial integrity and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.