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US Navy Proposing Major Show of Force to Warn China

US Navy Proposing Major Show of Force to Warn China


the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has drawn up
a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to
China and to demonstrate the u.s. is prepared to determine counter their
military actions according to several US defense officials
the draft proposal from the Navy is recommending the US Pacific Fleet
conduct a series of operations during a single week in November
the goal is to carry out a highly focused and concentrated set of
exercises involving US warships combat aircraft and troops to demonstrate that
the US can counter potential adversaries quickly on several fronts the plan
suggests sailing ships and flying aircraft near China’s territorial waters
in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait and freedom of navigation operations to
demonstrate the right of free passage in international waters
the proposal means US ships and aircraft would operate close to Chinese forces
the defense officials emphasized that there is no intention to engage in
combat with the Chinese while the US military carries out these types of
operations throughout the year the proposal being circulated calls for
several missions to take place in just a few days while one official described
that is just an idea it is far enough along that there is a classified
operational name attached to the proposal which is circulating at several
levels of the military officials would not confirm the name of the potential
operation US officials acknowledged China often
see these missions as provocations they also acknowledge that the intelligence
community would have to weigh in with any concerns about reactions from China
the Pentagon refused to acknowledge or comment on the proposal as the Secretary
of Defense has said on countless occasions we don’t comment on future
operations of any kind said lieutenant called David Eastburn a Pentagon
spokesman the US Pacific Fleet also refused to comment word of the US Navy’s
proposal comes just days after what the Pentagon has called an unsafe encounter
between US and Chinese destroyers in the South China Sea the US Navy said the
Chinese destroyer lanzhou came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur while the u.s.
ship was on a freedom of navigation operation near Chinese claimed Islands
the 8,000 ton destroyers could have been seconds away from colliding said Carl
Schuster a former US Navy officer who spent 12 years at sea the destroyer
encounter capped weeks of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington
late last week US Secretary of Defense James Matt is pulled out of a planned
visit to Beijing later in October to US officials told CNN mattis had originally
planned to visit the Chinese capital to meet with senior Chinese officials to
discuss security issues the last-minute cancellation of the unannounced trip has
not been publicly confirmed by the Pentagon earlier in the week the Chinese
government canceled a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp a u.s. Navy
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