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Three U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups are patrolling waters off southeast Taiwan. The task forces with the Kitty Hawk, Nimitz and Lincoln in the lead are believed to continue the patrol until May 20. Of course, it's rather unusual. But what for?
The United States pressed China yesterday to halt a shipment of weapons to Zimbabwe and stop further sales amid mounting international pressure against the deliveries.
The logical conclusion is that the Americans are afraid President Chen may do something extraordinary to prevent Ma's inauguration.
One HK news report mentioned average spending of USD 1500, that is conservatively about 10.5 million USD extra business. And this is excluding all the friends and relatives flying over to meet up with the home-sick sailors.
Around 7,000 sailors from the carrier and up to six support ships will visit Hong Kong during the stay.