The USS Montgomery recently took part in a joint mission in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

US Navy sends littoral combat ships to ‘bolster attack strength in South China Sea’

  • Two Independence-class vessels – the USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Montgomery – have been operating in the disputed waters
  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says operations have been stepped up to send a signal that China should ‘abide by international rules’
Topic |   South China Sea

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The USS Montgomery recently took part in a joint mission in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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The Type 001A is the first aircraft carrier made in the country. Photo: AFP

Chinese aircraft carrier heads through Taiwan Strait on way to trials in South China Sea

  • Passage through waterway comes as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announces her running mate
  • But military observer says the timing of the trip not determined by politics
Topic |   China military

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The Type 001A is the first aircraft carrier made in the country. Photo: AFP
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