The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts an operation in the South China Sea on April 28, sailing through waters near the Paracel Islands in a challenge to China’s claim to the area. Photo: US Navy/ AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

Why is the US escalating its presence in the South China Sea amid the coronavirus pandemic?

  • Both US air force sorties and freedom of navigation operations have risen substantially in the region in the first quarter of the year
  • Reasons range from an overall deterioration in US-China relations to the US’ need to show allies that its capabilities have not weakened despite the pandemic
The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducts an operation in the South China Sea on April 28, sailing through waters near the Paracel Islands in a challenge to China’s claim to the area. Photo: US Navy/ AFP
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