On Tuesday (February 9), just days after a US warship approached the Chinese-controlled archipelago illegally in the South China Sea, two groups of US aircraft carriers conducted exercises in the disputed waters this is in the context of China denouncing the United States with undermining peace and stability in the region.
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The U.S. Navy Strike Carrier Group Theodore Roosevelt and the Nimitz Attack Carrier Group “conducted a number of exercises to enhance weapon interoperability as well as control and command capabilities. . ” The event marked the first dual carrier operations on this busy maritime route since July 2020.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Uong Van Ban said the regular entry of US warships and warplanes in the South China Sea is not conducive to peace and stability in the region.
He said: “China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly protect national sovereignty and security, and cooperate with other countries in the region to firmly protect peace and stability in the South China Sea. . “
The exercise comes days after China condemns the US destroyer USS John S. McCain’s illegal approach to the Paracel Islands, which is controlled by China in the South China Sea. sovereignty but illegally occupied by China). The United States considers its drills to protect freedom of navigation in this essential sea route. This is the first US Navy exercise since Joe Biden took office.
Last month, the US military said China’s military flights in the South China Sea were a type of behavior that was destabilizing and aggressive but posed no threat to the Navy’s strike group of aircraft carriers. States are active in this sea.
The United States opposes China’s vast territorial claims in the South China Sea, accusing it of militarizing the South China Sea and trying to intimidate neighboring countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, which are countries that have overlapping claims with China in this resource-rich sea.
Rear Admiral Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz Attack Carrier Group, said in a statement: “We are committed to ensuring the legal use of waters that all countries enjoy according to international law.”
China says it has irrefutable sovereignty and accuses the United States of intentionally causing tension.
American warships have also passed through the Taiwan Strait several times. Last week, a US warship passed through the Strait, marking the first such activity under the Biden administration.
Speaking in Taipei, Taiwan President Thai Anh Van said that the US ships and aircraft carrying out free navigation activities made the country reassured.
She said: “This demonstrates the US’s clear attitude toward challenges to the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Gia Huy (according to Epoch Times)