The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days.
According to some media reports, the United States Navy has dispatched a small strike carrier fleet to the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
The Navy Times said citing US military officials that the carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days.
The US Navy is sending warships when tension rises in the area following American Navy’s so-called freedom of navigation operations in an area contested by regional countries.
Recently, the US accused China of militarizing the South China Sea after reports that the Chinese deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile battery to the Paracel Islands in the region last month. Although China has dismissed such claims, saying the Stennis’s patrol provides evidence of further US attempts to provoke military tensions.
“The accusation can lead to a miscalculation of the situation, if you take a look at the matter closely, it’s the US sending the most advanced aircraft and military vessels to the South China Sea, ” said Fu Ying, a spokeswoman for China’s National People’s Congress.
The South China Sea has become a source of tension between China, the US, and some regional countries who are seeking control of trade routes and mineral deposits.
However, Beijing rejects the allegations and accuses the USA of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately stirring up tensions in the South China Sea.