US Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Sails Back into South China Sea | Aviation

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the South China Sea, May 26, 2024. (Image Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron Haro Gonzalez).

The US Navy aircraft carrier steamed into the SCS (South China Sea) for “routine operations.” The flattop has been in the western Pacific region since earlier this year, holding exercises with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

China announced on Friday evening that it had concluded two days of military exercises around Taiwan. These maneuvers are broadly perceived as another attempt to pressure the democratically governed island and its allies.

Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a part of its own territory, described the Joint Sword-2024A drills as a “punishment” for the recent inaugural address by Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te whose speech was referred to as a “confession of independence” by China.

In response, Taipei has condemned the military exercises, labeling them as a “unilateral provocation”.

China Conducts Massive Incursions

On Saturday, the RoC MND (Republic of China, Ministry of National Defense) reported  that in the previous 24 hours “62 PLA aircraft and 27 PLAN vessels operating around” the island by early morning. Of those, 47 planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered its southwest, southeast and…


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