The United States Navy has two aircraft carriers operating in the South China Sea for military exercises – the USS Nimitz, the USS Ronald Reagan and their accompanying strike forces. Apparently that has unhinged Beijing, as the Global Times turned to thinly veiled threats.
The Global Times, a paper owned by the Chinese Communist Party, tweeted: “China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” #missiles. South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts.”
The US Navy Chief of Information responded:
“And yet, there they are. Two @USNavy
aircraft carriers operating in the international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz & #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated #AtOurDiscretion”
One Indian analyst reminded the Global Times that if China were to actually launch one of their “aircraft carrier killer missiles” they’d have to deal with the United States’ response. Which would be swift and deadly.
One thing Chinese Analyst of Global Times forget to calculate in his opinion.
Even if the Missiles been launched & managed to hit any or both the carriers; what will be the US Retaliation.
Inexperienced Chinese Military is juvenile package against the World's Mightiest Military
— Abhishek Das 🇮🇳 (@abhish_31) July 5, 2020
#USSNimitz, #USSRonaldReagan strike groups transition to South China Sea for dual carrier operations, reinforce U.S. commitment to freedom: https://t.co/rf7ncZW0uy #CVN68 #CVN76 #FreeandOpenIndoPacific pic.twitter.com/wRFLfMuSRk
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) July 4, 2020
Aircraft from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Force fly in formation with a @USAirForce B-52H Stratofortress during a joint exercise over the South China Sea on Saturday as #USSNimitz and #USSRonaldReagan conducted dual carrier operations: https://t.co/bVCQV9XNzq – via @PACAF pic.twitter.com/aaKLvJoNXT
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) July 6, 2020
And that’s not counting the US bombers accompanying the strike groups through the South China Sea. The USAF wrote:
“During the mission, the B-52 aircrew tested and assessed command and control capabilities to inform the development of contested and degraded communication tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure seamless joint interoperability.
“As we operate throughout the Indo-Pacific theater, our Fleet units continue to seek out every opportunity to strengthen our capabilities and proficiency at conducting joint, combined, all-domain operations with our partner teams,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 Air Operations officer. “Some of the recent events bringing Air Force B-52s and B-1s, Navy aircraft, and our ships at sea together on shared networks in support of integrated missions have been good opportunities for us to exercise the joint mission planning and coordination processes that we depend on to operate safely and effectively out here.”
See, China? Nothing to worry about. It’s just a military exercise. An exercise reminding the Chinese powers that be, they shouldn’t be trying to control international shipping lanes.
Featured photo: A US Aircraft Carrier transitions to the South China Sea- twitter photo via US Navy