China’s top paper lambasts U.S. aircraft carrier deployment


The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (R) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (R) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

China’s top newspaper strongly criticized the United States on Wednesday after it deployed two aircraft carriers on a training mission in East Asia where military tensions have risen amid China’s growing assertiveness.

The U.S. carriers John C. Stennis and Ronald Reagan began joint operations in seas east of the Philippines at the weekend in a show of strength ahead of an international court ruling expected soon on China’s expansive territorial claims in the contested South China Sea.

“The U.S. picked the wrong target in playing this trick on China,” the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, said in a commentary.

It was published under the pen name “Zhong Sheng,” a Chinese-language homonym for the phrase “voice of China” that is often used to express the paper’s views on foreign policy.

“Behind this misjudgment is Washington’s anxiety and arrogance, and it is the true expression of its hegemonic nature,” the paper added.

The U.S. Navy chief said on Monday the deployment was a signal of the U.S. commitment to regional security, adding that he hoped it would deter any attempts to destabilize the region.

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) said the carriers started their dual operations on Saturday, including air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and long-range strikes.

PACOM said the United States last conducted a dual carrier operation in the Western Pacific in 2014. Two carriers operated in the South China Sea and East China Sea in 2012.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: Reuters “China’s top paper lambasts U.S. aircraft carrier deployment”


2 Comments on “China’s top paper lambasts U.S. aircraft carrier deployment”

  1. Fre Okin says:

    Wonderful scenario for the Chinese navy to watch nearby, send out swarms of Haiyan UUV’s to find out how to sink a few of them in an actual war. Freedom of Navigation by Chinese UUV’s. UUV swarms will drive US ships and subs out of the China Seas as well as areas East of Philippines like where this exercise is held. Future warfare will probably start with unmanned vehicles above and underwater and China should use this exercise as an opportunity to ‘test drive’ the capability of torpedo armed Haiyan suicide UUV’s.

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    • Sentinel says:

      Better still, Beijing should quickly build its aircraft carriers and group vessels, and send these warships off to the coast of U.S., preferably off Washington and New York as a show of strength to threaten Amerika back, each time they flex their muscles to try and cow China and any other country. Better still, do it in partnership with Russia and any other friendly countries like Iran and maybe North Korea. Let Imperial Washington have a taste of its own medicine. This couldn’t be any earlier. Please speed this along, Beijing.

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