On January 23, a US aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea to promote what Washington calls “freedom of the seas”, the US military said in a statement.
The development came as tensions between China and Taiwan once again grew up due to the United States’ attempts to turn Taiwan into a foothold of its anti-Chinese strategy. At the same time, the leadership of Taiwan itself welcomes the US strategy and the increase in weapon supplies. The previous adminsitration of the US (led by Donald Trump) also put an end to the US commitment to the one China policy lifting restrictions of the US-Taiwan relations and supporting the de-facto independence of Taiwan.
As the US carrier strike group was entering the South China Sea, twelve Chinese warplanes (8 nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and 4 J-16 fighter jets) entered the south-western corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone in a strong signal to the US. On January 26, China also deployed the front-line docking ships, comprising the Wuzhishan, Changbaishan and Kunlunshan of the southern theatre navy for actual combat training and beach landing exercises in the region, which are scheduled for January 27-30. More warships are expected to join the drill.
Beijing contributes extensive efforts to demonstrate that it will not tolerate the further US invasion in its sphere of interests.
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