US aircraft carrier returns to South China Sea after stopover in Singapore | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The American aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan returned Thursday (July 28) to the South China Sea after a stopover in Singapore.

“The USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group are en route, operating in the South China Sea after a successful port visit to Singapore,” Reuters cited Commander Hayley Sims as saying.

The carrier “is continuing normal and scheduled operations as part of its routine patrol in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” she added.

While in Singapore, sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan and its carrier group volunteered in community relations projects with the Salvation Army, a local food bank and the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home.

Prior to its port call in Singapore, the aircraft carrier was in the South China Sea, where it conducted maritime security operations, including air operations, maritime strike training and coordinated tactical training between surface units. and aerial. It also resupplied and conducted replenishment at sea, according to a US Seventh Fleet. Press release.

“It is clear for everyone to see who is the biggest threat to the South China Sea and the peace and stability of the Asian region,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (趙立堅) said Thursday. ).

“The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the press release said, adding that the Seventh Fleet “conducts forward deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of ​​operations.

The operations in the South China Sea come as tensions in the region have escalated following news of Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan. Pelosi originally planned to travel to Taiwan in April, but the trip was canceled after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Pelosi’s itinerary for a trip to Asia later this month listed a visit to Taiwan as “tentative”, according to NBC. Her next tour will have confirmed stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.

Beijing castigated the trip, saying it would “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously affect the foundations of China-US relations, and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces.”

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