SOUTH CHINA SEA: US carrier group begins ‘routine’ patrols

US aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has started what it calls “routine operations” in the South China Sea, with a fleet of supporting warships.

The deployment comes days after China’s foreign ministry warned Washington against challenging Beijing’s sovereignty in the region.

China claims several contested shoals, islets and reefs in the area.

It has been constructing artificial islands with airstrips in the South China Sea for a number of years.

The aircraft carrier was last in the South China Sea two years ago, for exercises with Malaysia’s navy and air force and has made 16 voyages to the region in its 35 years of US navy service.

US Defence Secretary James Matthis said during a recent trip to Japan that the Trump administration saw no need for “dramatic military moves” at the stage.

The statement appeared to repudiate comments on the subject from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who told senators during his confirmation hearings that China should be prevented from reaching the disputed islands.

On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “We urge the US not to take any actions that challenge China’s sovereignty and security.”

4 Responses to SOUTH CHINA SEA: US carrier group begins ‘routine’ patrols

  1. Jennifer February 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Oh dear David and Goliath. Blind John said we will see it out. All this pomp. hahahahaaaaaha

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  2. Howard Seon
    Howard Seon February 19, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Wrote My message to you fellow Americans one week ago, are you paying attention?

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  3. Mike February 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

    There’s nothing new here. President Obama challenged China’s claim of sovereignty over this area by sending warships through those islands. It’s not a matter of Trump starting something.

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  4. seagul February 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Us has to put its tail between its legs and leave sooner or later. Then we can have some Peking duck….

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