US sends plane carriers into South China Sea

Washington, July 4

Two US plane carriers have been conducting workout routines within the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the US navy stated, as China additionally carried out navy drills which were criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states.

China and the United States have accused one another of stoking stress within the strategic waterway at a time of strained relations over all the pieces from the brand new coronavirus to commerce to Hong Kong. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan have been finishing up operations and workout routines within the South China Sea “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the navy stated in a press release.

It didn’t say precisely the place the workout routines have been being performed within the South China Sea, which extends for some 1,500 km and 90% of which is claimed by China regardless of the protests of its neighbours.

“The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability,” Rear Admiral George M. Wikoff was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the workout routines.

Wikoff, commander of the strike group led by the Ronald Reagan, stated the workout routines weren’t a response to these being performed by China, which the Pentagon criticised this week as “counter-productive to efforts at easing tensions and maintaining stability”. — Reuters

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