Soft power from the crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as it arrives in the Philippines for a port call. Photo: AP

US flexes military muscle in South China Sea with nuclear aircraft carrier port call in the Philippines

  • Washington and Manila use visit to bang drum for community and military ties
  • Analyst expects stopover to prompt show of military might from Beijing
Topic |   US-China relations

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Soft power from the crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as it arrives in the Philippines for a port call. Photo: AP
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Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.