The USS John C. Stennis is one of three US aircraft carriers that sailed through the South China Sea last year. Photo: MCSA Justin Rayburn/Navy

US military operations in South China Sea increase risk of confrontation, think tank says

  • American forces conducted eight freedom of navigation operations in disputed waters in 2019, three more than in the previous year
  • Beijing says its air force and navy held a joint exercise in the South China Sea on March 10 to simulate face-to-face encounters with invading aircraft and warships
Topic |   South China Sea
The USS John C. Stennis is one of three US aircraft carriers that sailed through the South China Sea last year. Photo: MCSA Justin Rayburn/Navy
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