Philippines Eyes Joint Exploration Deal with China in South China Sea

Crewmen of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt prepare their aircraft | AP

THE US Navy has positioned on a robust present of navy precision and effectivity all through a routine teaching session inside the disputed South China Sea.

The size of the Chinese Navy force is unusually large and is meant to show off China's naval power in contested waters.

"We have seen Chinese ships around us", carrier strike group commander Rear Admiral Steve Koehler said.

In addition to developing long-term defense infrastructure in the region, which trillions of dollars of goods transit annually, last week Chinese military forces started large-scale exercises in the South China Sea.

China denies the claim that it is militarizing the artificial islands in the South China Sea where Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam dispute the territorial waters.

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"What the USA is doing will damage the military-to-military relations and atmosphere".

"They're certainly one of many navies that perform inside the South China Sea".

Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming told the South China Morning Post: "China wants to show the outside world its determination to defend the fruits of its economic reforms over the past 40 years".

Ren gave no details, although his statement was a reply to a question about whether China's deployments were a response to missions by the U.S. Navy to challenge Beijing's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Preble (DDG 88) sail behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as escorts in the South China Sea, March 24, 2018.

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The news comes amid the United States' rising tensions with China following new tariffs that have resulted in a trade war and China's reported plans to deploy its first domestic aircraft carrier.

The Philippine ambassador to Beijing, Chito Sta.

China has protested those moves [American naval presence], calling it US meddling in an Asian conflict, and renewed warnings to Washington to stay away.

As the crew in color-coded uniforms raced to service dozens of aircraft taking off and landing, "handlers" in the flight deck control made sure the deck had enough room for jets to maneuver and refuel with the help of a "Ouija board".

"It is a showcase of the capability of the USA armed forces", Philippine army chief Rolando Bautista said of the demonstration.

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