The U.S. Navy could conduct drills at or near the South China Sea amid rising tensions with Beijing over trade tariffs and Chinese plans to deploy its first domestic aircraft carrier, according to Hong Kong press reports.
Chinese-language newspaper Oriental Daily News reported Tuesday the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group anchored at Singapore port and may soon be deployed to the South China Sea.
China claims most of the South China Sea and has successfully militarized the disputed Spratly Islands as neighboring countries back down from confrontation.
The U.S. "maritime training drills," if carried out, could "greatly provoke" China, the News reported...
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