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

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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