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The US Navy has launched a "counterattack" after Global Times, a newspaper of People's Daily, a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, published a report stating China possessed weapons to intercept US aircraft carriers and ship ballistic missiles, such as DF-21D and DF-26.
"China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 "aircraft carrier killer" #missiles. The South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts," tweeted Global Times, along with a link of the report.
Responding to this tweet, US Navy's Chief of Information said: "And yet, there they are. Two @USNavy aircraft carriers operating in the international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz & #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated #AtOurDiscretion," tweeted US Navy's Chief of Information."
The U.S. Navy's Nitmitz and Reagan aircraft carriers had their exercise in the East Sea (South China Sea) last weekend, at the same time with China's illegal military exercise in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands region of Vietnam. US exercise is intended to showcase the strength of its navy in the context of escalating tensions between the two powers in the fields of trade, Covid-19 pandemic, and the Hong Kong issue.
|USS Ronald Reagan during a military exercise in the East Sea (South China Sea) (Photo: US Navy)|
In response to a question about two U.S. aircraft carriers conducting operations and exercises in the East Sea (South China Sea), China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed that the US "deliberately" sent aircraft carriers to the East Sea (South China Sea) to "show off their strength" and "causing discord among regional nations".
Rear Adm. George Wikoff, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, said the intention of their exercise was not to respond to Chinese drills. However, he affirmed that China's escalating military activity in the South China Sea was a "justifiable reason" for the US Navy's presence in the region.
The United States sought to demonstrate military power in the context of China exerting pressure on surrounding nations and territories during the Covid-19 pandemic. China has repeatedly dispatched military aircraft to the island of Taiwan, clashed with India at the border, and passed Hong Kong security laws.
In recent years, China has displayed strength in the South China Sea far beyond traditional boundaries. China makes an unreasonable claim to a large area of the East Sea (South China Sea), deploying missiles and jamming equipment on artificial islands that accrue illegally, which hampers the US and its allies' activities in the area.
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