The administration of new US President Joe Biden sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the South China Sea on the same day that China dispatched 13 fighter jets, including nuclear throws to come close to Taiwan.
|Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo: NBC|
Sputnik cites a January 24 statement from the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) as saying: “The USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group entered the South China Sea on January 23 to carry out operations. TRCSG is scheduled to be deployed to the US 7th Fleet to ensure freedom at sea, build partnerships that promote maritime security, and conduct a range of operations. “.
In this mission, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and her escort warships will promote “maritime security activities, including flights by fixed and rotating wing aircraft,” INDOPACOM added. , sea attack drills and tactical training for coordination between surface and air units “.
According to the Japan Times, the US sending of the aircraft carrier group to the South China Sea on January 23 took place on the day that the Chinese army’s fighters included 8 H-6K bombers, 4 J- fighters. 16 and a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft close to Taiwan. It is not clear whether these two moves are related or not.
One day earlier, on January 22, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of China passed a new Law on Customs, allowing the country’s maritime forces to open fire to attack foreign ships in disputed waters. like the East Sea. Some observers warned that China’s new move could complicate the situation in the region.
Japan Times said that the new US move could be seen as an implicit message sent to China just days after Biden’s inauguration, in the context of a serious decline in US-China relations.
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