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US Patrols South China Sea for Freedom of Navigation and Overflight – Not to Challenge China’s Sovereignty

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The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group engages in routine operations in the South China Sea recently. This is one area that the possible incoming DILG secretary, Bongbong Marcos can look into. He is one of the president’s delegates during his official State visit to China to forged a renewed friendship just like during his father’s regime. It is also a public knowledge that Marcos is dismayed by the betrayal of the Marcoses by siding the Aquinos during the 1986 revolt.





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Military Exercises

The report notes that the US ships and aircraft recently conduct exercises off Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness. They try to develop cohesion as a strike group. This is an indication that the US-China conflict is far from over yet. It is unlikely that the Philippines is spared from their disputes due to the country’s close location to South China Sea, geographically speaking.




Relationship with Allies

The Americans look forward to possible demonstrate those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with allies, partners, and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Strike group commander Rear Admiral James Kilby discloses this in a press release. Is the US campaigning for their stand in the South China Sea dispute?




China’s Take

China’s foreign ministry said that ships and aircraft are allowed to operate in the area according to international law. But Beijing is firmly against any country to undermine China’s sovereignty and security using the freedom of navigation and overflight alibi, Geng Shuang said in response to reports that the Vinson heads to the South China Sea for that reason.






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China’s Plea

China urges the US to refrain from challenging China’s sovereignty and security and to respect regional countries’ efforts to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Vinson has deployed to the South China Sea already 16 times in its 35-year history, the US Navy reported. Washington clarifies that it does not take sides in the territorial disputes but has several times sent warships and planes to safeguard freedom of navigation in the Sea. Beijing is not taking this lightly.




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