South China Sea on the boil, US Navy carries out drill


Tokya, July 6

Two US Navy plane carriers are conducting workouts within the contested South China Sea nearby of Chinese naval vessels noticed close to the flotilla, the commander of one of many carriers, the USS Nimitz, mentioned on Monday.

Tensions Run High

  • The US Navy has introduced carriers collectively for such exhibits of pressure within the area prior to now, however this 12 months’s drill comes amid heightened tensions
  • The US has criticised China over its Covid response and accuses it of benefiting from the pandemic to push territorial claims within the South China Sea

“They have seen us and we have seen them,” Rear Admiral James Kirk mentioned in a phone interview from the Nimitz, which has been conducting flight drills within the waterway with the Seventh Fleet provider, the USS Ronald Reagan, that started on the US Independence Day vacation of July 4.

The US Navy has introduced carriers collectively for such exhibits of pressure within the area prior to now, however this 12 months’s drill comes amid heightened rigidity because the United States criticises China over its novel coronavirus response and accuses it of benefiting from the pandemic to push territorial claims within the South China Sea and elsewhere.

China’s international ministry mentioned the US had intentionally despatched its ships to the South China Sea to flex its muscle tissue and accused it of attempting to drive a wedge between nations within the area.

The Pentagon, when it introduced the twin provider train, mentioned it needed to “stand up for the right of all nations to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows”, describing its 100,000-ton ships and the 90 or so plane they every carry as a “symbol of resolve”.

About 12,000 sailors are on ships within the mixed provider strike teams. China’s claims 9 tenths of within the resource-rich South China Sea, by way of which some $three trillion of commerce passes a 12 months. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims. —Reuters

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