World China Sends First 'Homemade' Aircraft Carrier to Contested South China Sea
U.S. Flew Over Two Spy Planes a Day in South China Sea Throughout April
A Chinese think tank report said the U.S. Navy flew over 80 percent of all surveillance missions in the contested South China Sea last month.In its monthly summary, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI)—a Peking University think tank tracking military activity around China—said at least 65 U.S. military aircraft operated in the contested waters, where the U.S. Navy carried out 83 percent of those missions.
's first domestically produced aircraft carrier has held combat exercises in the off the back of Beijing's public complaint about U.S. Navy reconnaissance operations in the region.
The Shandong carrier group departed its naval base in Sanya, in the southern province of Hainan, for its first deployment of the year just a few days after the country's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning,in the .
How to fight China in the South China Sea
How can the U.S. military best position itself to defeat China in a major conflict in the South or East China Seas? © Provided by Washington Examiner The question deserves keen attention amid escalating tensions between the two superpowers. China claims the near entirety of the South China Sea as its own private swimming pool: a vast area enclosed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. This assertion of sovereignty is politically, legally, and geographically absurd.
Shandong and its escorts held scheduled exercises at sea which were "completely legitimate and legal," saidNavy spokesperson Gao Xiucheng. Gao said the drills were beneficial to China's ability to safeguard national sovereignty, security and .
In the statement issued on Sunday, the spokesperson said external parties should "take an objective and rational view" of the carrier group's exercise, in an unusual reference likely aimed at pre-empting accusations of Chinese military muscle flexing.
Shandong was modeled on Soviet-era Liaoning and entered service in December 2019. China's first homemade carrier is the country's second operational warship of the type and was deployed three times last year.
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In a Shenzhen Television report, the channel said the PLA was close to realizing its milestone of a dual carrier deployment, praising Shandong's rotation into routine naval operations less than two years after it was commissioned.
However, Shanghai news portal Eastday said Shandong and Liaoning were unlikely to be seen together outside of China's shipyards, as the former is still in its testing phase and the latter requires regular maintenance.
Following the Liaoning carrier group's departure from the South China Sea last week, China's defense ministry spokesperson Wu Qian announced further routine exercises—including "far sea" operations—for the country's aircraft carriers.
In the same press briefing last Thursday, Wu made publicabout U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin, which he accused of disruptive during its and .
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The U.S. Navy denied the allegations, telling Newsweek that all interactions with foreign vessels were lawful and did not impact ongoing operations.
Wu said U.S. vessel and aircraft activity near Chinese waters had increased by 20 and 40 percent respectively compared to the same time last year.
Theflew at least 65 reconnaissance missions in the South China Sea in April, with the U.S. Navy operating more than 80 percent of those flights, the , a Peking University think tank, said in its monthly report on Friday.
Philippine foreign minister tells China to 'Get the F**k Out' over South China Sea dispute .
The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced Twitter message that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over the South China Sea. © Carlo Gabuco/Bloomberg/FILE Teodoro Locsin, Philippine secretary of foreign affairs, speaks during an interview in Manila, Philippines, in 2019. The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for blunt remarks, follow Manila's protests for what it calls the "illegal" presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines' 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).