mandag 6. juli 2020

Beijing ‘is ready to counter US’ as both navies hold drills in South China Sea

Chinese state media has reported that Beijing stands ready to counter the challenge posed by Washington in the contested South China Sea, as the two powers faced off by holding coinciding military drills in the same region. The United States has sent two aircraft carriers, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, to the disputed waters for military exercises starting on Saturday – when China is also holding drills in the region.

These drills are some of the US Navy’s largest in recent years, and it is rare for major US and Chinese military drills to take place in the same region at the same time. The US move comes days after  China began exercises – which ran from last Wednesday until Sunday – near the disputed Paracel Islands.