US steps up pressure on Beijing in South China Sea
Update: January 27, 2022 12:58 p.m. STI
Washington [US]Jan 27 (ANI): Amid military rivalry between Washington and Beijing in the South China Sea, the United States is demonstrating a growing appetite to challenge China’s naval assertion in the region, according to media reports.
Asia Times reported that several Asian leaders feared the United States would backtrack on its tough approach to China after Donald Trump was removed from office, but the opposite has happened. After Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential elections, a certain panic gripped a number of American allies in Asia.
Earlier this month, the USS Carl Vinson conducted five-day naval exercises with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) near the hotly contested Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, Asia Times reported. Wednesday.
The exercises began two weeks earlier than last year, demonstrating a growing appetite at the Pentagon to challenge China’s naval assertion in the region, he added.
Beijing has disputed for decades the status of a number of territories in the South China Sea that it claims, mainly the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and the Scarborough Shoal.
China considers the Spratly Archipelago as its territory, despite the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which said there was no legal basis for China’s maritime claims.
Last Sunday, US aircraft carriers entered the SCS “to begin operations” amid heightened tensions between China and Taiwan.
U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln will engage in operations to enhance integrated maritime operations at sea and combat readiness, according to a U.S. Navy statement.
“Our ability to regroup quickly and work collectively alongside CSG 3 highlights the ability of the U.S. Navy to provide overwhelming maritime force, when called upon, to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said Strike Group Commander Rear Admiral Dan Martin. led by the USS Carl Vinson, said in a statement.
Reiterating Washington’s stance against China’s “illegal” maritime claims in the region, the acting US deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans, fisheries, and polar affairs said China had not provided any legal basis for its claims in the South China Sea (SCS).
China’s claim to a large swath of the South China Sea is inconsistent with the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, according to the US State Department. (ANI)