A US aircraft carrier has practiced in the disputed South China Sea. The US Navy said in a statement on Friday, the USS Ronald Reagan has completed flight operations and high-tech maritime stability exercises. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
Amid growing tensions between the United States and China, American warships are practicing in disputed waters. Washington continues to criticize China’s role in the coronovirus epidemic. Using the US claim epidemic, Beijing wants to establish its territorial claims in various locations, including the South China Sea.
The US has long opposed China’s claims in the South China Sea. Washington regularly sends warships to this strategically important maritime zone. Commenting on Friday’s exercise, US Navy Commander Joshua Fagan said “coordination with allies is needed to ensure the effectiveness and feasibility of joint forces and to keep the Indo-Pacific open and active.”
However, China has opposed the American practice. Beijing says that the United States is reducing tensions and stability in the region by opposing Chinese claims in the South China Sea.
China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea. The business of this sector is about three lakh crore rupees every year. However, along with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam claim sovereignty over the region.