The Australian Navy joined the US in a military operation in the South China Sea Rear Admiral Fred Kacher, commander of the USS America Expeditionary Strike Group, told Reuters that his forces had interacted with Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea this week. The area is near waters claimed by both Vietnam and Malaysia as well by China, through its sweeping claim to most of the South China Sea within its U-shaped ‘nine-dash line’, which is not recognised by its neighbours and has been declared illegal by an international tribunal. Two US warships in South China Sea amid China-Malaysia standoff. The Chinese survey vessel’s moves this month come as Beijing ramps up coronavirus diplomacy, donating large supplies of medical equipment and aid to Southeast Asian countries.

Schwegman did not state the exact location of the warships but security sources said they were close to the Haiyang Dizhi 8 and the Petronas-operated West Capella drillship. We oppose Beijing's unlawful claims. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. “All our interactions continue to be safe and professional with them,” Kacher said in a telephone interview from the USS America. The US Navy sailed a warship near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea Friday as part of an operation aimed at challenging Chinese claims to the area, a … Here's how a Joe Biden presidency could impact the world, to the South China Sea in the coming days.

Petronas and Malaysia’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The USS America amphibious assault ship and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided-missile cruiser, have been deployed and were operating in the South China Sea, US Indo-Pacific Command spokeswoman Nicole Schwegman said on Tuesday. The US Navy will send two aircraft carriers and several accompanying warships to the South China Sea in the coming days to participate in a military exercise. “The US supports the efforts of our allies and partners to determine their own economic interests.”. Foreign Minister Saifuddin says Malaysia’s decision to take South China Sea claim to UN is its ‘sovereign right’. Why are there fears of civil war in Ethiopia? Beijing also established two research stations on its artificial islands in the Fiery Cross and Subi reefs, which are claimed by the Philippines. The incident prompted the United States to call on China to stop its “bullying behaviour” in the disputed waters, citing concern over Beijing’s provocative actions towards offshore oil and gas developments there. Two U.S. warships are operating in the South China Sea, the Navy said on Tuesday, with three regional security sources saying they were near an area of a standoff between China and Malaysia. South China Sea warning: US warships challenge Beijing with sudden show of military might TENSIONS are heating up between the US and China in the South China Sea following American military drills. Reporting by Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi; Additional reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan. “Through our continued operational presence in the South China Sea, we are working ... to promote freedom of navigation and overflight, and the international principles that underpin security and prosperity for the Indo-Pacific,” Schwegman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “The U.S. supports the efforts of our allies and partners to determine their own economic interests.”.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Two U.S. warships are operating in the South China Sea, the Navy said on Tuesday, with three regional security sources saying they were near an area of a standoff between China and Malaysia. The US State Department has said China was taking advantage of the region’s focus on the coronavirus pandemic to “coerce its neighbours”. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual carrier operations in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea," said Lt. Joe Jeiley, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the media. Saudi foreign minister contradicts Israeli minister on reported Netanyahu-MBS meeting, CNN reporter: Trump seemed like an outsider at G20 summit, Saudia Arabia hosts G20 amid calls to release prominent activist, Video shows Belarus police beating protesters inside supermarket, Peru has had 3 presidents in one week. (CNN)The US Navy will send two aircraft carriers and several accompanying warships to the South China Sea in the coming days to participate in a military exercise. "Operating two carrier strike groups in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea provides advanced training opportunities for our forces and provides combatant commanders with significant operational flexibility should those forces be called upon in response to regional situations. Petronas and Malaysia’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. On Sunday, Vietnam protested after China said it had established two administrative districts on the Paracel and Spratly islands in the disputed waters. A team of Chinese medical experts arrived this week in Malaysia, which has reported more than 5,400 cases of coronavirus.