People’s Liberation Army says USS Benfold ‘illegally entered’ Chinese waters
U.S. aircraft carriers on Sunday entered the South China Sea to begin operations amid heightened tensions between China and Taiwan.The U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln will engage in
The U.S. Navy sent a destroyer through the disputed South China Sea, the latest in a series of maritime challenges to China's territorial claims in the region. On Thursday, the USS Benfold conducted a "freedom of navigation operation" close by the disputed Paracel Islands. Officials with the U.S. 7th Fleet
BEIJING (Reuters)—Chinese forces followed and warned away a U.S. warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country's military said on Thursday, but the U.S. Navy denied the ship had been warned off.
The aircraft carriers were pictured on the Philippine Sea, which lays east of Taiwan and west of the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
US Has Stepped Up Aircraft Carrier Deployments In South China Sea
It comes as the US ramps up pressure on Beijing, laying out its most detailed case yet against 'unlawful' territorial claims.
The Navy has confirmed that a U.S. Navy F-35 fighter jet was lost at sea while landing aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson as it operates in the South China Sea.