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US Navy to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

US Navy to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

WORLD: The US military warned yesterday (Dec 17) its warships would be “more assertive” in responding to violations of international law, citing in particular Beijing, which has expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea.

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Friday 18 December 2020, 11:45AM


To counter China, the US has been sending ships to the region more frequently to carry out what it calls “freedom of navigation” operations. Photo: AFP.

To counter China, the US has been sending ships to the region more frequently to carry out what it calls “freedom of navigation” operations. Photo: AFP.

In a document setting objectives for the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard for the coming years, the Pentagon stressed that several countries, notably Russia and China, “are contesting the balance of power in key regions and seeking to undermine the existing world order.”

“Our globally deployed naval forces interact with Chinese and Russian warships and aircraft daily,” the document said, noting their “growing aggressiveness” and calling China “the most pressing, long-term strategic threat.”

The latest incident between the US and China naval forces took place in late August, when Beijing said it had driven an American warship from the disputed Paracel archipelago.

The Asian power claims almost all of the islands of the South China Sea, territorial claims disputed by other countries in the region including Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.

To counter China, the US has been sending ships to the region more frequently to carry out what it calls “freedom of navigation” operations.

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To maintain strategic advantage over the Chinese Navy whose “battle force has more than tripled in size in only two decades,” the US Navy plans to modernize with smaller, more agile and even remotely piloted ships.

US ships will also “accept calculated tactical risks and adopt a more assertive posture in our day-to-day operations,” the statement said.

For Navy Rear Admiral Jay Bynum that means being “more responsive, more assertive.”

“In the past, our behavior was de-escalation. We would turn away and would minimize risk in those individual contacts,” he said, noting that the Navy “might be ceding ground” with the approach.

The Pentagon document specified that the US Navy will also be more visible in the Pacific, where it will “detect and document our rivals’ actions that violate international law, steal resources, and infringe upon the sovereignty of other nations.”

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DeKaaskopp | 19 December 2020 - 10:36:23

@Tbird     The only thing loser  Donald will run as a president will be some of his dubious company's or a golf club. But definitely he will not serve as Potus. Seems like you are one of those crazies who still can't accept his defeat and waits for a miracle.Dream on !

Tbird | 18 December 2020 - 21:35:05

Hmmmm.... The US Navy (appropriately) "announcing" a tougher stance against the moral reprobates known as the Chinese Communist Party is just one more signal that President Trump is going to remain President Trump for 4 more years... 

 

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