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In a move likely to stoke the ire of Beijing, the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, which includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began what the navy called “routine operations” in the contested South China Sea on Saturday.
Beijing had warned Washington last week not to challenge its sovereignty in the strategic waterway amid reports that the U.S. Navy was gearing up to sail more warships near China’s man-made islands in the contested waters.
Ahead of their operations in the South China Sea, ships and aircraft from the strike group conducted training off Hawaii and Guam “to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group,” the navy said in a statement, adding that the group had recently wrapped up operations in the Philippine Sea.
“The training completed over the past few weeks has really brought the team together and improved our effectiveness and readiness as a strike group,” strike group commander Rear Adm. James Kilby said. “We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
Nick Bisley, a professor of international relations at La Trobe University in Australia, said sending the Vinson group into the waters was likely a “gentle ramp up” from what the U.S. Pacific Command “has been wanting to do for a while.” Bisley said he expected Washington to gauge the Chinese response and then conduct a more beefed up freedom of navigation operation. China is “trying to keep things from roiling at present but if they feel embarrassed,” they will ramp up, he added.
originally posted by: DerBeobachter
I guess that´s needed to save the enraged, concerned and left behind ´citizens, the "I am not an Nazi, but it must be allowed to say"´s. Like all the other things that lunatic orange one does.
originally posted by: Taggart
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: DerBeobachter
The "left" aren't merely "the left" anymore. Instead, they're the "left behind".
and the right aren't right anymore, they're the Wrong.
originally posted by: tribal
shouldnt the question be: should China be allowed to steal territory that doesnt belong to them and then create fortifications in those areas to control who gets to come and go as well as defend against a possible embargo or outright attack?
where is the law and order on this issue and does the US have a responsibility to hold China accountable for its illegal territorial expansion?
I personally would not be spending my energy on this issue if were Trump but as far as the law is concerned does he not have an obligation to call out China for illegal land/sea grabs?
originally posted by: tribal
a reply to: 4N0M4LY
if what they are doing is illegal then the US should register a formal complaint in the G8 and or UN and make it a global issue, shine a light on it.
I personally dont think its worth going to war over. There are many other ways to more sneakily punish China if thats what Trump wants to do.