USS Ronald Reagan Battle Group In The South China Sea Amidst Biden Call With Xi
TAIWAN - In response to the latest blasts from the east regarding Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, the United States military has decided to send the largest ship in the fleet, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, along with its battle group to the South China Sea, according to Reuters.
After a port call in Singapore, the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group have now returned to the South China Sea. Tensions at the moment are high and in a method of defense posturing, the battle group will be there if duty calls. Officials within the United States Navy's 7th Fleet have acknowledged the deployment is real. However, no mention of Pelosi or her trip was mentioned in their confirmation.
Commander Hayley Sims told Reuters, "USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group are underway, operating in the South China Sea following a successful port visit to Singapore."
This is being seen by China as muscle flexing, in regards to the USS Ronald Reagan sailing into the South China Sea. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "It is clear from this for everyone to see who is the biggest threat to the South China Sea and the Asian region's peace and stability."
The deployment of the carrier group, which is stationed in Japan, comes as the United States and China swap some very dangerous rhetoric regarding policy over Nancy Pelosi's up-and-coming visit to Taiwan, which had been rescheduled from earlier in the year. Pelosi has yet to confirm her trip will even take place, yet the 2 countries seem to be in a constant sparring match over even the idea of her trip.
According to the New York Times, Presidents Xi & Biden had a two-plus-hour phone conversation today to discuss rising tensions. The phone call was mostly confrontational in regards to the independence of Taiwan. Neither China nor the United States reported anything that could be termed as progress with the phone conversation.
Xi was quick to the punch to warn President Biden, not to intervene between China and Taiwan, as Biden was quick to reiterate the United States and specifically his administration was not looking to ignite flames in the current evolving situation.
Any trip by Pelosi to Taiwan is viewed as a violation of the relationship established 50 years ago between the United States and China, including a promise by the United States to cease all relations with Taiwan.
Playing with fire will set yourself on fire,... ...There will be no space for Taiwan independence forces in any form" - the Chinese ministry
Though the White House is concerned that Pelosi's trip could make an already intense situation, that much hotter, The United States President has yet to tell her not to go. Instead, they are still allowing Nancy Pelosi to make her own decision to travel to Taiwan.
Tensions between China and the United States began escalating when China refused to join in the U.S.-led effort of blockading Russia from the global community. The next step in a disturbing sequence of events was China's large claim over the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait which is a narrow tract of water that flows between the island of Taiwan and mainland China.
Ever since these occurrences, Biden has been cloudy in his statements in regards to Taiwan's independence. In May, he vowed to use force in the defense of Taiwan if China sought to invade as Russia invaded Ukraine. Later, the State Department released a statement that read that the United States enjoys its unofficial relations with Taiwan and wished to maintain its policy of strategic ambiguity in regard to Taiwan.
Prior to the presidential phone call, China was extremely vocal about Pelosi's trip to Taiwan and even went as far as saying that China might even use force if she visited, in hopes of using rhetoric as a deterrent. Statements such as The United States would "bear the consequences" if Ms. Pelosi travels to Taiwan. Professor of International Relations, Shi Yinhong, stated the rhetoric was intended to dissuade Pelosi from coming but did not mean China would use force.
Other politicians in Washington are now urging Pelosi to make her trip to Taiwan. After all of the exchanged blows between China and the United States, if she does not go to Taiwan, this will appear weak to China. Others speculate this would incite further escalations between the 2 nations.
With Pelosi's visit still on for the U.S. House Speaker, the USS Ronald Reagan in the Taiwan Strait, Tensions are high.
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