BEIJING, July 8 (ChinaMil) -- The Fifth Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) headed by USS Ronald Reagan already entered the South China Sea to carry out the so-called routine patrol, the United States Navy Seventh Fleet released information on June 30, local time.
Yin Zhuo, director of the PLA Navy's Expert Consultation Committee, said in an interview with CCTV program Asia Today that the USS Ronald Reagan CVBG entering the South China Sea is obviously related with the so-called "final ruling" of the South China Sea arbitration that will soon be announced.
The U.S. is trying to force China to accept the illegal arbitration rule, and such action in total disregard of international law reveals the United States' gangster logic and hegemony, Yin Zhuo added.
According to official information from the United States, the Fifth CVBG also includes Ticonderoga Class cruiser and Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) destroyer in addition to USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
CCTV reported that the U.S. military has gathered a large amount of forces in the South China Sea. Apart from the USS Ronald Reagan, it assigned four EA-18G Growler EW planes and a 120-member force from its homeland to the Clark Air Base in the Philippines on June 15. The U.S. Navy also confirmed June 27 that 3 Arleigh Burke (Aegis) Class destroyers were patrolling the South China Sea.
The arbitral tribunal on South China Sea arbitration that was established upon the unilateral request of the Philippines announced June 29 that it will announce the so-called final ruling on July 12. CCTV pointed out that the USS Ronald Reagan entered the South China Sea at a very sensitive time point.
According to Yin Zhuo, the USS Ronald Reagan CVBG entering the South China Sea is obviously related with the so-called "final ruling" of South China Sea arbitration that will be announced soon. The U.S. even made tough remarks in an attempt to force China to accept the illegal ruling, otherwise it would impose greater military pressure on China. Such action in total disregard of international law reveals the United States' gangster logic and hegemony.
It is reported that U.S. aircraft carriers have apparently stepped up their activities in West Pacific, especially the South China Sea, since 2016. How long will USS Ronald Reagan stay in the South China Sea? Will U.S. aircraft carriers normalize the patrol in that region?
Yin Zhuo said the U.S. will definitely maintain military presence in the region around the time that the arbitral tribunal announces the final ruling on the South China Sea arbitration case. But if USS Ronald Reagan, which is far from its home port, wants to stay in the region, millions of US dollars have to be spent every day. The U.S. military doesn't have enough money to keep a CVBG in the South China Sea for a long time, so it's unlikely to stay there long.
By Qiu Yue, reporter with the People's Daily Online. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.