NBC: U.S. Flexes Its Military Muscle Off China
China flexes its mliitary muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. is responding with its own show of force that includes ships, fighter jets and submarines, as well as the test launch of nuclear-capable missiles.
According to internal military reports reviewed by NBC News, almost every week brings another display of U.S. hardware in the waters off China, in a response that has only grown more aggressive since the inauguration of President Trump.
A U.S. Navy carrier battle group centered on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is now moving through the South China Sea, the stretch of Pacific bounded by China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Three attack submarines, the USS Alexandria, USS Chicago and USS Louisville, have deployed in the Western Pacific in the past month, and at least one has entered the South China Sea.
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WNU Editor: President Obama choose to avoid confronting the Chinese on the South China Sea issue .... as a result we are now stuck with this .... Trump Has No South China Sea Strategy—and Needs One Fast (Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times). As to when will the White House formulate a South China Sea strategy .... your guess is as good as mine .... but for the moment it is all about showing the flag.