Australia-The US military dual aircraft carrier exercises French nuclear submarines in the South China Sea also arrived | Australia Chinatown

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Biden's first US Navy dual aircraft carrier exercise in the South China Sea after taking office—United States. . .
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— Voice of America Chinese Network (@VOAChinese)
February 9

Two aircraft carriers of the US Navy appeared in the South China Sea at the same time, and held the first dual-carrier joint exercise in this area since July last year.

The U.S. Navy said in a press release on Tuesday (February 2021, 2) that the Roosevelt carrier battle group and the Nimitz carrier battle group held a number of exercises in the South China Sea that day, with the aim of strengthening various naval resources. Collaborative combat capabilities and command and control capabilities.

The Nimitz aircraft carrier battle group has just been transferred from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific region. On January 1, the Roosevelt aircraft carrier battle group entered the South China Sea.In addition, the USS Reagan continued to be stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka Port, Japan, thus forming a situation where three U.S. aircraft carriers are simultaneously performing tasks in the Indo-Pacific region.

Before the dual aircraft carrier exercises in the South China Sea, the USS McCain guided missile destroyer entered the disputed waters of the South China Sea last Friday (February 2) for a freedom of navigation operation near the Paracel Islands (Parcel Islands). , This is the first related action by the United States since the Biden administration took office.

So far, officials in the Biden administration have demonstrated a firm stance to respond to China’s challenges with the strength of the United States and its allies.

The new Secretary of State Brinken spoke with Philippine Foreign Minister Lochin just one day after taking office, emphasizing that the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty is clearly applicable when the Philippine armed forces, government ships and aircraft are under armed attack in the Pacific.He said that this includes the South China Sea.

Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the regime in charge of foreign affairs, said at the end of January that China is willing to work with the United States to promote the development of bilateral relations along the track of non-confrontation, non-conflict, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation, but also warned the United States that it involves China’s sovereignty and territory. Issues such as the complete South China Sea are "untouchable."

French nuclear submarine sailing in the South China Sea

— RFI Chinese-Radio France International (@RFI_Cn)
February 9

French Defense Minister Florence Parry
Parly announced on Monday that two French naval vessels have recently sailed in the South China Sea. China claims to have sovereignty over this area and is the source of multiple international tensions.

  The two warships operating in the South China Sea are the "Emerald" nuclear attack submarine and the "Seine" auxiliary ship.


Agence France-Presse pointed out that the South China Sea, which is of high strategic importance to maritime trade, has caused multiple international tensions.China's maritime forces are expanding in the region and claim to have sovereignty over almost all sea areas.

Other countries, led by the United States, claim freedom of navigation there, which makes the region a potential source of conflict between Beijing and Washington.

When asked about the French navy's operation, Chinese diplomatic spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday that China has no "freedom of navigation and overflight issues" in the region.

However, the spokesperson still warned that China "opposes any country...undermining regional peace and tranquility in the name of freedom of navigation."But he did not specifically mention the movement of French warships in this area.

France is an ally of the United States and has an important exclusive economic zone in the Pacific region due to its overseas provinces. In recent years, France has given priority to freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The French Defense Minister said: "Why do you want to perform such a task? It is to enrich our knowledge in this field and confirm that international law is the only effective rule, no matter which ocean we sail in."

This maritime patrol was also carried out after the new US President Biden took office.After four years of particularly chaotic conditions during the Trump era, Biden is expected to consolidate or renew certain alliances.

In April 2019, a Chinese warship and a French frigate had an accident while sailing in the Taiwan Strait, requiring the French frigate to leave.The Taiwan Strait is another sensitive area of ​​Beijing.

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