U.S. Navy says carrier group operating in S.China Sea

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan invaded the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday at a time of mounting tension between Washington and Beijing, which is the most controversial Waterway.
China frequently opposes U.S. military missions in the South China Sea, saying they are not doing anything to promote peace or stability, and the announcement follows that China has beaten the Seven Nations Group over a statement that Beijing over a series being scolded by problems.
"While in the South China Sea, the strike group conducts maritime security operations that include fixed-wing and rotary-wing flight operations, maritime assault exercises and coordinated tactical training between ground and air units," the Navy said.
"Carrier operations in the South China Sea are part of the routine presence of the US Navy in the Indo-Pacific."
The carrier will be accompanied by the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey, it said.
China has increased its military presence in the South China Sea in recent years, including the construction of artificial islands and air force bases.
The South China Sea has become one of many focal points in the conflicting relationship between China and the United States, with Washington rejecting Beijing's unlawful territorial claims in the resource-rich waters.
US warships have crossed the South China Sea with increasing frequency in recent years to demonstrate their power against Chinese claims.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, adaptation by Shri Navaratnam and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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