US aircraft carrier enters South China Sea

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The Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group entered the East Sea on January 12 and is expected to train many subjects in the area.
On the US Navy January 13, announced that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its escort ships began operating in the South China Sea a day earlier, declaring it “part of the US Navy’s routine operations in the South China Sea.” Indo-Pacific”.

The Nimitz Group is expected to conduct training in sea attack, submarine hunting, multi-field integrated training, coordination of surface and air units, and deployment of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters Operating in the South China Sea.

Among the Nimitz aircraft carrier escort ships are the cruiser USS Bunker Hill, the destroyers USS Decatur, USS Chung Hoon, and USS Wayne E Meyer, as well as the 17th aircraft carrier group and the 9th destroyer squadron. A US defense official said China sent two ships to accompany the Nimitz battle group.

The Nimitz Strike Group enters the South China Sea as the situation in the region escalates as the US seeks to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific. At the end of December 2022, the US military released a video showing the Chinese navy’s J-11 fighter approaching the US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, criticizing this as an “unsafe intervention.”

America has repeatedly dispatched an aircraft carrier and amphibious assault groups to the South China Sea, claiming this operation is meant to “show the US commitment to the free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The US Navy also organized many freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) in the East Sea, including sending warships close to Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. The last time the US sent a warship close to Truong Sa was at the end of November 2022 with the cruiser USS Chancellorsville.

China drew a “nine-dash line” unilaterally, claiming unreasonable sovereignty over most of the East Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration 2016 rejected this claim, but Beijing blatantly stated that it would not enforce the award.

Vietnam has repeatedly condemned China’s illegal activities in the East Sea, affirming that it has sufficient historical evidence and legal grounds to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Spratlys and Paracels in accordance with the law. International law. All parties’ activities in Truong Sa and Hoang Sa without the permission of Vietnam are null and void.

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