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The USS Ronald Reagan of the United States Navy regularly conducts the so-called freedom of navigation operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, currently largely controlled by Beijing. The latter condemns such actions as “provocations” and often calls on Washington to stop carrying them out.
A Chinese social media user from Weibo posted a satellite image link that allegedly showed the USS Ronald Reagan US aircraft carrier surrounded by at least seven other allegedly Chinese warships.
The image, which was later extended to other social media platforms, also suggested that the USS Ronald Reagan was only when he was supposedly surrounded to the northeast of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, although aircraft carriers are usually accompanied by other ships of war.
The spokeswoman for the 7th U.S. Fleet He refused to confirm if the incident really took place, saying only that the aircraft carrier is “carrying out routine operations.”
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense did not confirm or deny that the US warship had been surrounded, but responding to a question about its publication said that the USS Ronald Reagan was sent to the region to “flex the muscles and increase militarization regional”.
We strongly oppose it. We urge the US side to respect the security concerns of the countries of the region and make positive contributions to peace and stability in the South China Sea, ”said the spokesman.
Brunei, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam are claiming parts of the South China Sea, which are reported to contain rich fossil fuel reserves and through which many important sea routes pass. Most of the area is controlled by Beijing, which has been increasing its military presence there, even creating artificial islands and building military facilities on them. China insists that all deployments are purely defensive.
Source: Israel Noticias