The exercise comes days after China condemned the sailing of the destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in what the United States calls a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) – the first such mission by the U.S. navy since President Joe Biden took office.
Last month, the U.S. military said Chinese military flights over the South China Sea fit a pattern of destabilizing and aggressive behavior but posed no threat to a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group in the region.
The United States has contested China's extensive territorial claims in the region, accusing it of militarizing the South China Sea and trying to intimidate neighbors such as Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, who have claims that overlap with China's in the resource-rich area.
‘We are committed to ensuring the lawful use of the sea that all nations enjoy under international law,’Rear Admiral Jim Kirk, commander of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, said in a statement.
- 關鍵軍語 -
A specific task assigned to a tactical grouping.
The action or process of flying through the air.
To adopt for military use.
China has militarized Woody Island by deploying fighter jets, cruise missiles, and a radar system.
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