US warship patrols raise tensions in South China Sea

Yang Danzhi
BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – United States warships have begun a fresh round of “freedom of navigation” patrols in the South China Sea. Despite China’s strong opposition, the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group began what are described by the US navy as “routine operations” in the waters on Saturday.
They are the US Navy’s first such operations since US President Donald Trump was sworn in, and sent a message that the new administration in the United States might be continuing with the strategy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific initiated by the previous administration.
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