The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP
The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP

US-China tensions in South China Sea fuelled by increase in military operations

  • US aircraft have carried out 39 flights over waters near China – two of them close to Hong Kong – since start of the year, while navy has also ramped up its activity
  • US defence secretary says he wants to boost investment in region

Topic |   US-China relations
The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP
The US Navy conducted four freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in the first four months of 2020. Photo: AFP
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