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Earlier this month, USS Ronald and USS Nimitz Carrier were stationed in the South China Sea. After this, the American Navy started military drill here. (File)
- On July 4, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz exercised in the South China Sea.
- China claims about 130 million square miles of the South China Sea as its own
Two US Navy aircraft carriers have started exercising for the second time in a month in the South China Sea. It becomes special because China is constantly opposing it and the US has ignored his displeasure.
The US fleet stationed in the Pacific Ocean said in a statement that the exercises started Friday include the USS Ronald and USS Nimitz carrier strike groups. It has two aircraft carriers and more than 12 thousand American soldiers with all their military equipment. There are over 120 fighter jets on both aircraft carriers.
Both warships were deployed in the South China Sea earlier this month. Prior to this, Nimitz and Reagan were deployed together in South China in 2014 and 2001. These were later removed from here. On July 4, the aircraft carrier exercised in the disputed waters. America is directly challenging China here.
China threatened missile attack
The presence of American warships in this region has left China stung. He threatened the US with a missile attack a few days ago. China’s Foreign Ministry had said that the purpose of this exercise is something else. Through this, America is making the situation worse here.
China also did military exercises this month.
China claims about 130 million square miles of the South China Sea. He also did military exercises in this area from 1 to 5 July this month. At the same time, a few days ago the US completely rejected China’s claims on the South China Sea. The US bluntly said that China’s ‘Dadagiri’ has no place in the 21st century. His claims have no legal basis. China considers the region as its fiefdom. The world will not let this happen.
What is South China Sea dispute
This area of South China Sea is between Indonesia and Vietnam. Spread over 3.5 million square kilometers. There is a multiplicity of natural resources here. China built ports to dominate here. The military base was built by creating an artificial island. China refuses to obey international laws.
6 countries claim including China, Taiwan
South China is a region south-east of C Asia. In addition to China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei also hold their claim in the region. China is to its south, while Taiwan claims the southeast. Its west coast is the Philippines, while the east coast is adjacent to Vietnam and Cambodia. At the same time, Indonesia is in the northern part.
Why is South China Sea so important?
Being connected to many countries, the movement of ships in this area is also high. It is one of the busiest waterways in the world. According to the information, every year more than five trillion dollars of business is done through this route, which is 20% of the total maritime trade of the world. There is a stock of crude oil and natural gases on Parsel Island. Also, many types of fish are found in this area. This area is very important in terms of world trade.
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