It is expected that the appearance of the American aircraft carrier group in this sea, especially near the islands controlled by China and in the territorial waters disputed by it, will cause protests from Beijing.
A US Navy strike group led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea. This is stated in a statement issued on Monday by the press service of the US 7th Fleet.
“The Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is operating in the South China Sea for the first time during its deployment in 2021,” the report said.
It is noted that the group of ships in this region conducts “operations to ensure maritime security,” which include aviation flights, naval maneuvers, and coordinated tactical training of surface and air units. It is expected that the appearance of the US aircraft carrier group in the South China Sea, especially near the islands controlled by China and in disputed territorial waters, will provoke protests from Beijing. The PRC considers the strengthening of the US military presence in this region as provocative actions that undermine peace and stability. For its part, Washington emphasizes the right to operate in international waters and to ensure “freedom of navigation.”