The US military admitted on Friday that Chinese bombers had recently simulated an attack on the US Navy’s aircraft carrier Roosevelt in the South China Sea, confirming earlier reports by the financial times, according to the US website “business insider” on the 29th.
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On Saturday (January 23), as the US Navy’s “Roosevelt” aircraft carrier strike group sailed into the South China Sea, the Chinese military sent eight h-6k bombers, four j-16 fighters and one Y-8 antisubmarine patrol aircraft into southwest Taiwan for cruise. Tracking data shows that when the carrier battle group “Roosevelt” entered the South China Sea via the Bashi Strait, Chinese fighters entered Taiwan’s southwest airspace for cruise.
Quoting intelligence sources familiar with the United States and its allies, the Financial Times reported on the 29th that Chinese bombers and fighters simulated an attack on the battle group of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt. The pilot of the Chinese bomber also confirmed the order to strike the sea and simulated launching anti-ship missiles, the Financial Times reported.
“The carrier strike group Roosevelt closely monitors all activities of the PLA Navy and air force, and they have never posed a threat to US Navy warships, aircraft or sailors,” U.S. Indo Pacific Command spokesman Mike Kafka said in an email statement. ”
A U.S. defense official said that the Chinese military plane did not enter the range 250 miles (402.3 km) from the U.S. Navy ship, which is beyond the range of the hawk strike-12 anti-ship missile carried by the h-6k bomber. The official said there was a mock attack.
Kafka said in a statement: “the United States will continue to fly, navigate and operate anywhere permitted by international law and prove our determination through our actions in the region. ”
On Sunday (January 24), the U.S. Navy made it clear that the “Roosevelt” aircraft carrier strike group was carrying out routine deployment in the area of responsibility of the U.S. seventh fleet to carry out maritime security operations.
In response to the US Navy’s “Roosevelt” aircraft carrier’s entry into the South China Sea on the 23rd, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on the 25th that the US frequently sends ships and planes into the South China Sea to show off its force, which is not conducive to regional peace and stability.