US navy Begin South China Sea Patrols
US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson began what it calls “routine operations” in the South China Sea, with the support of a fleet of warships.
Its release comes days after China’s Foreign Ministry warned Washington against the challenge Beijing’s sovereignty in the region.
China claims the disputed several shallow waters and small islands and coral reefs in the region.
Construction of artificial islands with airstrips in the south for a number of years China Sea has been done.
The last aircraft carrier in the South China Sea two years ago, to conduct exercises with the Malaysian navy, air and made 16 trips to the region in 35 years of US Navy service.
The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, during a recent trip to Japan, which Trump administration saw no need for “massive military movements” at this stage.
The statement appeared to repudiate the comments on this subject from the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who told senators during the confirmation hearings that China should be prevented from reaching the disputed islands.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang said: “We urge the United States not to take any actions challenging the sovereignty and security of China.”