The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is pictured as it enters the port in Da Nang, Vietnam. File/Reuters
Two US carrier groups conducted joint operations in the South China Sea, the US Navy said on Tuesday, the first such exercise since July 2020 amid heightened tensions in the contested waters.
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities,” the US Navy said.
The busy waterway is one of several flashpoints in testy Sino-US relations, with the United States continuing to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the contested waters.
China’s extensive territorial claims in the resource-rich waters have become a hot button issue in an increasingly testy Sino-US relationship. The two countries are at odds over trade, the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong, Taiwan and accusations of human rights abuses
China has rejected Philippine allegations that a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned 22 Filipinos after it sank their boat in the South China Sea, as pressure builds on President Rodrigo Duterte to take a tougher line.
The agreement, reached this spring but not made public, gives China exclusive access to part of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand, the Journal reported, citing US
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