Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Nuclear-Powered USS Roosevelt Sails Through South China Sea

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal
Terence Owen | 12 April, 2018, 12:33

Beijing-based navy analyst Zhou Chenming instructed the South China Morning Publish: "China must level out the floor world its dedication to defend the fruits of its monetary reforms over the earlier 40 years".

The United States is not alone in carrying out naval patrols in the strategic waterway, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate, possibly increasing tensions and risking accidents at sea.

In addition to developing long-term defense infrastructure in the region, which trillions of dollars of goods transit annually, last week Chinese military forces started large-scale exercises in the South China Sea.

U.S. officials described the exercise off of Hainan Island as the largest to date in the South China Sea conducted by China.

"Since Americans are our friends in one way or another, they can help us deter any threat".

China has protested those moves, calling it US meddling in an Asian conflict, and renewed warnings to Washington to stay away.

THE US Navy has put on a powerful display of military precision and efficiency during a routine training session in the disputed South China Sea.

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Beijing has maintained that its military buildup across the South China Sea is strictly for defensive measures.

"We're trying to see if we can achieve an agreement, hopefully within the next couple of months", Jose Santiago Santa Romana, Philippine ambassador to the People's Republic of China, told a news conference held on China's island province of Hainan.

Sta. Romana compared the two powers to elephants fighting and trampling on the grass and said, "What we don't want is for us to be the grass". Romana said, citing Beijing's decision to lift its blockade around Philippine-occupied Second Thomas Shoal.

Rear Admiral Steve Koehler, the strike group commander, told a small group of reporters on board the three-decade-old carrier: "We have seen Chinese ships around us".

"All of the operations that we do in and around the South China Sea or any of the bodies of water we operate in, there is a function of worldwide law and that is ultimately what we want to recognize", Koehler said.

American officials have said U.S. Navy ships will continue sailing close to Chinese-occupied areas without prior notice, placing Washington in a continuing collision course with China's interests.

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