International Desk: The US and China have come face to face with regard to South China Sea. China, which has the intention of occupying the land of neighboring countries, has made South China Sea a battleground due to its expansionist thinking, but America has now started giving a befitting reply to China. On Tuesday, two US aircraft carrier groups, including dozens of warships and at least 120 fighter aircraft, performed a joint exercise in the South China Sea. Irked by the US move, China criticized the practice, calling it a 'demonstration of strength'.
The US Navy issued a statement saying that Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups showed the capability of the US Navy in a challenging environment of high traffic terrain. As part of the dual carrier operation, strike groups conducted several exercises aimed at increasing command and control capabilities. The last time the US Navy carried out a dual carrier operation was in the South China Sea in July 2020, when Ronald Reagan and Nimitz landed in the Carrier Strike Group C.
Following the US move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that continued 'showing strength' in the South China Sea by US warships and aircraft is not conducive to regional peace and stability. Wang continued, "China will continue to take necessary steps for national sovereignty and security and will work vigorously for peace and stability in the South China Sea while working with countries in the region."
It is notable that China has asserted its claim over almost the entire South China Sea, which is disputed by many maritime neighbors, including Vietnam and Taiwan, as well as the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. Rear Jim Kirk, Commander of the Career Strike Group (CSG) 11, said that working closely with the Career Strike Group Nine (CSG Theodore Roosevelt) would improve our collective strategic skills while ensuring regional stability and security. In the Navy's statement, Kirk said that we can use the sea lawfully under international rules.