The U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will visit Central Vietnam’s Danang port city on Sunday and will stay there till 30th June, per reports.
It is the 3rd Aircraft Carrier of the U.S. Navy to visit Vietnam, once a wartime enemy since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.
Through this strategic visit, the U.S. aims to better its relations with Vietnam against the growing tensions between Vietnam and its neighbour over maritime boundaries in the South China Sea.
China asserts its dominance in the South China Sea and claims it in its entirety, including Vietnam’s exclusive economic zones and those of other nations in the vicinity. U.S. Aircraft Carriers that cross the energy-rich waters of this sea are often shadowed by Chinese ships.
The USS Ronald Reagan’s visit to Danang symbolises solidarity with Vietnam and undermines Chinese claims in the region.
On Thursday and Friday, Chinese social media was flooded with rumours that a Chinese Air Force H-6K bomber plane had approached the USS Ronal Reagan undetected and locked onto the ship with its weapons radar before it flew off.
However, no evidence of the event was put forward. On Monday, China’s State-run Global Times News reported that the Chinese H-6K bombers were involved in “nighttime sorties encircling the island of Taiwan”.
They also carried out far sea exercises over the Pacific and combat patrols in the South China Sea, per Global Times.
This incident was not confirmed by the United States. However, these incidents come as pressure is increasing in the Indo-Pacific.
China is making territorial claims, complicating relationships with its neighbours like Taiwan, Vietnam and Japan, who seek reassurance from the U.S.
References: Aljazeera, msn
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