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Nuclear-Powered USS Roosevelt Sails Through South China Sea

Nuclear-Powered USS Roosevelt Sails Through South China Sea Nuclear-Powered USS Roosevelt Sails Through South China Sea
Sherri Watson | 12 April, 2018, 12:31

The usTheodore Roosevelt's presence inside the South China Sea comes days after China carried out large air and naval drills inside the area - in what some analysts described as an unusually huge present of Beijing's rising naval might.

The nuclear-powered warship, leading a carrier strike group, was conducting what the US military called routine training in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, headed for a port call in the Philippines, a defence treaty ally.

"China holds indisputable sovereignty over the islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea", Ren insisted.

"There's some speculation as to the motive of the drills in the South China Sea, some attribute them to the trade war", Collin Koh, a research fellow in maritime security at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, told Sputnik News on April 9.

Meanwhile, America's Theodore Roosevelt Nimitz-class carrier strike group was said last week to be traveling to the center of the South China Sea along with warships from allies, following a port visit in Singapore. However, Chinese outposts in the South China Sea are strategically placed near shipping lanes, U.S. officials have noted. Romana, recently warned that the risks of a miscalculation and armed conflict have risen in the disputed region with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the U.S.

"While China has maintained that the construction of the islands is to ensure safety at sea, navigation assistance, search and rescue, fisheries protection and other nonmilitary functions, electronic jamming equipment is only for military use", a U.S. Defense Department official told the Wall Street Journal.

The Philippine ambassador to Beijing, Chito Sta.

"I haven't seen any unsafe interaction", Koehler said, adding that problems could be avoided "if all the navies are operating in accordance with the worldwide norm and law".

American officials have said U.S. Navy ships will continue sailing close to Chinese-occupied areas without prior notice, placing Washington in a continuing collision course with China's interests.

"They (China) certainly have the right to exercise off their coast like we do, nor are they necessarily in charge of our transit cycle, but our deployment's been planned", Koehler said.

The board has all the models of each aircraft, which are marked with squadron name, model, make, and number of personnel.

"Since Americans are our friends in one way or another, they can help us deter any threat".