The accompanying Fleet conducts maritime security operations and strike exercises in a high-tension zone. The U.S. Navy challenges Beijing's territorial claims.
A group of U.S. carriers led by the USS Ronald Reagan entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the U.S. Navy reported on Tuesday, at a time of mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, claiming most of it. Of the disputed waterway.
China frequently opposes U.S. military missions in the South China Sea, claiming they do not promote peace or stability. The announcement comes after China criticized the G7 for a statement rebuking Beijing. For a number of issues.
"While in the South China Sea, the battle group is conducting maritime security operations, including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft flight operations, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface units and air," said the United States Navy.
Carrier operations in the South China Sea are part of the United States Navy's routine presence in the Pacific Ocean.
The carrier is accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey.
China has increased its military presence in the South China Sea in recent years, including the construction of artificial islands and air bases.
The South China Sea has become one of many hot spots in the tense relationship between China and the United States. Washington rejects what it calls Beijing's illegal land claims in these resource-rich waters.
U.S. warships have crossed the South China Sea with increasing frequency in recent years, in a show of force against Chinese claims.
In May, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet reported that USS Curtis Wilbur, the destroyer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile, had conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Parsons, which Beijing claims, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In a statement, they explained: "The illegal and overwhelming maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas, including the freedoms of navigation and overflight, free trade and the freedom of economic opportunity for nations. Coasts of the South China Sea". In addition, they highlighted that the United States demonstrates with these operations that "these waters are beyond what China can legally claim as its territorial sea."
Hours ago, the Xi Jinping regime had issued a protest over navigation and claimed it had expelled the ship. But, as they pointed out, the USS Curtis Wilbur "illegally" entered their territorial waters and reported that the Chinese forces mobilized to track and monitor the ship and "warned and expelled it."