Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!

Further to this post and “Comments”,

South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam

the USN is putting on rather a show of force in this increasingly, er, fraught part of the world:

US Aircraft Carriers Start Drills Off Philippines

Two US aircraft carriers have started exercises in the Philippine Sea, defense officials said Sunday [June 19], as Washington’s close ally Manila faces growing pressure from Beijing in the South China Sea.

The US Pacific Command [website here] said the USS John C. Stennis [website here] and USS Ronald Reagan [website here], among the world’s largest warships [no ship from any other navy even comes close], began conducting air defense drills, sea surveillance, and long range strikes on Saturday.

The command said the operations marked America’s continued presence in the Asia-Pacific as China expands its maritime strength and engages in massive island building activities in disputed waters…

The Philippines has been improving its defense ties with the US, its longtime treaty ally and former colonial ruler, to help boost the ability of one of Asia’s weakest armed forces [earlier, note also how the Viets keep popping up: “South China Sea: Eagle vs Dragon, Philippines Section (plus Vietnam)“]…

The command said the drills were meant to promote freedom of navigation and overflight [see below] in the region’s airspace and waters…

The Philippines is awaiting a ruling from an international arbitration tribunal against China’s claims to most of the South China Sea [WATCH THAT SPACE]…

As for airspace one truly worries about the risks if this happens:

Chinese ADIZ for South China Sea?

And here’s a question:

South China Sea: Why is USN Admiral Leading on US Policy vs China?

Plus what about this with regard to those carriers some years down the road?

Making the Case For the Eagle’s Carriers vs the Dragon: NOT

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


4 thoughts on “Mark Collins – US Navy Carriers in South China Sea: Watch This, Dragon!”

  1. Not going to pick up islands and go home”

    ‘Beijing indicates it may exit U.N. sea convention if South China Sea ruling disappoints

    China has told other Asian countries that it may leave the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea as a countermeasure if a ruling from an international tribunal expected in the coming weeks over territorial rows in the South China Sea runs counter to the bedrock of its position, diplomatic sources said Monday.

    What China cares most about in an arbitration case brought by the Philippines is a decision on the applicability of Beijing’s “nine-dash line” that ambiguously demarcates its claims to almost the entire disputed sea.

    The Philippines, the most vocal critic of China’s activities in the South China Sea among claimants, filed the case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013 in a bid to invalidate the vaguely drawn territorial line.

    China thinks the worst outcome would be for the tribunal, constituted by the 1982 convention, or UNCLOS, to rule that Beijing’s claim of “historic rights” over the sea has no international legal grounds and invalidate its expansive line, according to the sources.

    China has told diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that it does not rule out withdrawing from the convention, often referred to as the constitution of the oceans, if that happens, the sources said.

    Many experts believe that the ruling will not be favorable for China, which also has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with three other members of the 10-member association, namely Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei…’

    Mark Collins

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