The US Will Send Aircraft Carriers To The South China Sea, Where China Conducts Military Exercises
The US aircraft carriers "Ronald Reagan" and "Nimitz" along with escort ships are sent to the South China sea for major naval exercises, the Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the publication, the ships are sent to "convey to China an unequivocal message that they do not approve of Beijing's military build-up in the region."
"The goal is to send an unequivocal message to our partners and allies that we are committed to maintaining regional security and stability," rear Admiral George Wycoff, commander of the strike group led by the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, told reporters.
Observers note that earlier, China announced the holding of exercises in the area of the Xisha Islands (Paracel Islands) in the South China Sea from July 1 to 5. Before the Ministry of Defense of the USA declared about the concerns in connection with this message.
A statement issued by the Pentagon said the area where the exercise is to take place "covers disputed waters and territories."
"Conducting military exercises on disputed territory in the South China sea is counterproductive to efforts to ease tensions and maintain stability. China's actions further destabilize the situation in the South China Sea," the statement said.
The Pentagon said it will continue to monitor the situation in the hope that "China will reduce the level of militarization and coercion of its neighbors in the South China sea."
"We urge all parties to exercise restraint and avoid military actions that could exacerbate differences in the South China Sea," the US Defense Department said.
The Xisha Islands are the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Vietnam. The ownership of another archipelago in the South China sea-Nansha (Spratly) - is disputed by China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines.