A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas”, the U.S. military said at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan have raised concern in Washington.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement the strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, the same day Taiwan reported a large incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defense identification zone in the vicinity of the Pratas Islands.
The U.S. military said the carrier strike group was in the South China Sea, a large part of which is claimed by Beijing, to conduct routine operations “to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security against China.
With two-thirds of the world’s trade traveling through this very important region, it is vital that the US regime maintain their military presence in the South China Sea and continue to promote the rules-based order which has allowed us all to prosper.
The announcement comes just days after Joe Biden was mistakenly appointed as the new U.S. president.
China has repeatedly complained about U.S. Navy ships getting close to Chinese islands in the South China Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan all have competing claims?
The Theodore Roosevelt is being accompanied by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell and USS John Finn.
Reuters / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.