Sosok.ID – United States of America (US) suddenly made a surprising maneuver.
The US Navy was ordered to immediately take a standby position and look at a map of strength China.
Quoting Japan TimesOn Sunday (6/28/2020), two US aircraft carriers began joint training in the Philippine Sea.
The joint exercise was held a day after Southeast Asian leaders delivered some of their strongest statements opposing Beijing’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea for historical reasons.
The two US warships are USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups. The US Navy said in a statement that the two were embarking on exercises to increase the United States’ responsive, flexible and lasting commitment to mutual defense agreements with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.
“We are aggressively seeking every opportunity to advance and strengthen our capabilities and abilities in carrying out all domain warfare operations,” said Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5.
He added, “The US Navy still has a mission that is ready and deployed globally. Operation dual carrier demonstrating our commitment to regional allies, our ability to quickly fight forces in the Indo-Pacific, and our readiness to face all parties who oppose international norms that support regional stability. “
The focus of the statement aimed at the regional allies will add to the pressure on China, which claims most of the South China Sea, even though the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims in those waters.
A few days earlier, the US Navy also announced that the USS littal battleship Gabrielle Giffords had joined two Japanese Self Defense Forces ships to conduct training in the controversial South China Sea on Tuesday last week.
Launch Stripes.com, US Navy ships set sail with JMSDF training ships JS Kashima and JS Shimayuki to emphasize the importance of communication and coordination when operating together.
“The opportunity to operate with our friends and allies at sea is very important for our mutual preparedness and partnership,” Rear Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Rear Admiral Fred Kacher said in a statement as quoted. Stripes.com.
Increased US military activity
The eastern entry point of the South China Sea and the surrounding waters have reportedly been busy with military activity in recent days, including, according to a Chinese think tank, several surveillance missions by US spy planes.
South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, based at the Peking University Maritime Research Institute in Beijing, said it had noted the mission by using a flight tracking site and posting images of alleged flights on Twitter.
Drew Thompson, a researcher at the National University of Singapore, wrote on Twitter that among the planes, a pair of US Navy Orion P-8s had taken over positions of underwater interest target, most likely submarines belonging to the Navy Army People’s Liberation (PLA) which moves through the Bashi Channel.
“With the Reagan aircraft carrier operating nearby, closely monitoring the area and creating so-called picket lines is a standard step to protect aircraft carriers from submarines based in Hainan,” Thompson wrote. Japan Times, referring to Hainan Island, home to China’s submarine base.
The move of the US Navy to regularly conduct exercises and conduct so-called freedom of close navigation operations on several Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea, including its artificial islands, has sparked outrage in Beijing. The US emphasized that freedom of access is very important for international waters.
Washington has criticized Beijing for its activities on the waterway, including the development of islands where some of them are home to military-grade airfields and sophisticated weapons.
Launch Japan Times, The US is concerned that outposts could be used to limit free movement on international waterways, which include vital sea lanes for global trade with a value of around US $ 3 trillion annually.
The Chinese Ministry of Defense has denied it has sought to strengthen control of the South China Sea. In contrast, China accused Washington last week of increasing threats and trying to sow discord among regional countries and stigmatize anti-China amid efforts to combat the corona pandemic.
ASEAN leaders speak
Earlier, on Saturday (6/27/2020), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said in a statement issued by Vietnam on behalf of 10 bloc countries that the 1982 sea treaty in the US should be the basis of sovereign rights and rights in disputed waterway.
“We reiterate that UNCLOS 1982 is the basis for determining maritime rights, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and legitimate interests in maritime zones,” said the ASEAN statement, referring to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which defines the rights of nations to the world’s oceans and limits zones an exclusive economy where coastal states have special rights to catch fish and energy resources.
The summit was held virtually and was held by Vietnam. This meeting was held after ASEAN countries began to relax restrictions on movement due to corona outbreaks in their respective regions. ASEAN leaders negotiated travel protocols among members.
The 10-nation block has also promised to cooperate in the fight against the corona virus.
“While the whole world is stretched thin in the war against the pandemic, irresponsible actions and actions that violate international law still occur, affecting the environment of security and stability in certain regions, including ours,” Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in his opening address in Hanoi without mentioning China directly as reported Bloomberg, Friday (6/26).
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